Spring and fall are the best times to check on your heating and cooling system to make sure they’re ready for the season ahead. Maintenance is needed in the spring to make sure your heating system survived the winter and to check that your cooling system is prepared for the summer.
Proper HVAC maintenance is crucial to extend the life of your heating and cooling systems and to minimize the likelihood of breakdowns and repairs. HVAC maintenance checks look for small problems that are simple fixes now, but could turn into larger repairs down the road. They also clean everything out and get the system ready for the next season. Preventative maintenance is not only good for your system (and your wallet), it may be required by your warranty!
So how can you care for your HVAC system? Here are some quick tips:
Clean it up
Make sure to clean out any debris like leaves, branches, and dirt from around the base of your HVAC system. A good rule of thumb is to keep a 2 foot radius around your system clear of any plants or debris. This helps to keep your system from overheating.
Check it out
Visually check out the outdoor unit to make sure the system is on a level, stable surface. It is also essential to look for any damage to the condenser that may have occurred over the winter. If anything looks like it might be broken or damaged, call your HVAC professional at Evolved Mechanical.
Clean the ducts
Before the weather gets too warm, make sure to clean out the ducts in your house. Clear them of any dust, dirt, mold, and allergens. That way, when you turn your air conditioner on, the air you breath will be clean and healthy. This is especially necessary for people with allergies or pets.
Replacing the filters on your heating and cooling systems is something else that will help improve the air quality in your home like cleaning ducts will. When your filters are dirty, they restrict air flow and make the air you breath unhealthy. Old air filters also means your HVAC system is working harder, therefore using more energy. It is best to change your air filters every 1-3 months.
Test things out
The last thing you want in the dog days of summer is for your AC not to work when you turn it on! The best way to prevent this is to test your AC before the season starts. Turn your system on a few degrees cooler than it is already in your house. Check the vents for cool air in a little while. While you do this, listen for any noises (clicking, grinding, or groaning) coming from your unit. If you hear these noises, or if cold air doesn’t come out, call Evolved Mechanical.
Yearly checkups are key to good HVAC health!
The best thing you can do for your heating and cooling system is to have it checked out by an HVAC professional at least once a year. When you schedule a maintenance check-up with Evolved Mechanical, we make sure your HVAC systems run smoothly all season. We check refrigerant levels, wiring connections and controls, blow out pressure switch tubes, the outdoor unit and test the system performance.
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