We may be jumping the gun a little bit here, but is it ever too early to start thinking about the spring? Homeowners might have mixed feelings about spring. While we get to head outside after all the cold weather, we also need to do a few things around the house, like HVAC maintenance.
Spring is an important time to check your HVAC equipment and do a little preventative maintenance for two main reasons. First, the system has been working hard to keep you warm all winter and, second, it will soon need to start keeping you cool.
Springtime HVAC Maintenance Checklist
Regular maintenance of your heating and cooling system is the best way to make it last longer, so you don’t have to replace it as soon, lower your energy bills and avoid unexpected breakdowns.
Here are just a few things you should check when spring finally arrives.
- Replace the Air Filter – This may be the single most important DIY HVAC unit maintenance you can do. Dirty air filters make your HVAC system work harder, heat or cool less, and increase your energy bills and the annual maintenance needed to run your system.
- Clear the Condensate Drain – Condensation forms when air conditioners cool the air. The water is drained away through a drain located at or near the base of your HVAC unit. If the drain is clogged, water can back up into your system.
- Check the Outdoor Unit – Your air conditioning unit has been sitting aisle since last fall. Remove its cover and check for any debris, leaves, twigs, etc., in or near the unit. Keep growing vegetation trimmed around the base of the unit.
- Check the Thermostat – When it’s warm enough outside, make sure to switch your thermostat to “Cool”.
- Test the System – Before the really hot weather arrives, it’s good to know that your air conditioner will work when you need it most. Set your thermostat to its lowest temperature. Wait for the air conditioner and the furnace fan to come on and let the system run for a few minutes. Listen for anything unusual from the furnace and the outside AC unit. Remember to reset the thermostat and make sure the system turns off.
Regular air conditioner and heating system maintenance is so important, you may want to take advantage of Hargrave Heating’s air conditioning services. Just call us when you’re ready.
For more information on air conditioning, check out our article “What Is An Eco-Friendly Air Conditioner & Why Consider One”.