How to Prepare Your HVAC System For Summer
Published on May 11, 2021 in Air Conditioners
With summer around the corner, you need to prepare your HVAC system for the warmer months. Not only will you run it much more often, but it’s also a more difficult job cooling down an entire house when the sun is working to cook it from the outside.
The last thing you want is for your AC to die when outside temperatures get as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It could take time for your repairman to visit, and even more so if there are parts that need replacing.
Here are some air conditioning tips to keep your system in working order.
Change the Air Filter
There’s a good chance you haven’t changed or cleaned your air filter in the past few months. It’s easy to forget to do so when you’re not running your AC every day, but it needs to be done every 90 days regardless.
A dirty air filter can slow down your system and make it more difficult to cool your home. It could also mean dust and other contaminants are likely making their way into your air.
Check on the Outside Unit
You should always keep an eye on your outside condenser since it’s exposed to the elements. After winter, it can be covered in dirt and debris, and that can negatively affect your unit.
Cleaning your condenser only requires a screwdriver, a garden hose, a knife, and a shop vacuum. You should also clear out the vegetation around your unit.
If you notice anything wrong with the unit, contact your local HVAC company or HVAC service to check it out.
Stop Any Leaks
Assuming you’ve used your HVAC system sporadically throughout the year, you probably won’t become aware of any leaks in your ductwork until the summer months when your system fails to cool your house effectively.
Seal up any leaks as well as you can, and contact a professional if you can’t reach or locate them.
Clean Out Your Vents
Along with replacing your filter and patching your ducts, you want to clean out the air vents in your home. Left untouched, they can circulate contaminants that can cause various health issues.
Unscrew the covers, wipe the grates, and vacuum the ducts as much as you can. It should become an essential part of your HVAC maintenance.
Test Your Thermostat
A faulty thermostat is one reason your energy bills might run high during the summer. The auto setting should turn your AC on and off once your house reaches a certain temperature, but a faulty thermostat might keep it running all day.
One way to avoid this issue is to turn up your AC whenever you’re not in the house.
Get Your HVAC System in Top Shape
Failing to prepare your HVAC system for the summer is asking for trouble when the heat arrives. Performing HVAC maintenance prevents problems from popping up and makes repairs much easier when they do.
Not sure how to get started? We provide HVAC services in the central Arkansas area. Call now for a free heating and cooling consultation.