Spring-Cleaning: HVAC Edition
Spring is in the air! And while you might be preparing for your annual spring-cleaning (tossing out old clothes and items you no longer use), don’t forget to prep your HVAC system for the changing season as well.
Your HVAC’s cooling mode has been MIA for quite a while, so before you flip the switch it’s a good idea to perform a little maintenance before shocking your system. By performing a few simple checks you can avoid major problems with your cooling system when the temperature heats up. Take a look at our handy maintenance checklist below for tasks you can perform yourself.
It’s always a good idea to check out your filter to see if it needs changing before the start of a new season. This simple task helps increase both energy efficiency and the performance of your system. When installing a new filter, check the airflow directions on both the system and the filter to make sure they are both facing the same way. If so, you’ve installed the filter properly.
Many homeowners use items like condenser covers, coil blankets, and lids to help protect their outdoor units during the winter months. These items work to limit the transfer of heat and leaving them on after switching to cooling, even for a short period of time, could severely damage your HVAC system.
Inspect Outdoor Panels:
The panels on your HVAC unit are designed to enclose the electrical connections, if these panels are missing or misaligned they could cause potential risks to you and your system. If you discover your panels are out of place or missing, contact a Ranck technician for a system assessment before turning the unit on.
Leaves, branches, trash, and debris can often get stuck between your home and your HVAC system, especially on windy days. By removing debris from the coil and surrounding area of your unit you can increase the performance of your system. Another thing to consider is mulch. If your spring yard work includes spreading mulch remember not to pack mulch around the base of your HVAC unit to keep debris from affecting your system.
Clear & Clean Vents:
Before switching on your A/C, take a look at all of the vents and grills throughout your home. Remove any drapes, rugs or furniture that may be blocking them. If you have pets, take a vacuum to your vents as well, working to remove any pet hair or dust that has built up over time.
Turn It On:
Once you’ve completed this checklist, it’s time to turn on your system. Check to see that cool air is coming through all of your indoor vents throughout the day. If after the first few minutes you don’t feel any cool air coming through, turn your system off and contact a Ranck technician. It is never a good idea to leave your system running if it is not working properly. This can cause severe damage.
Call a Professional:
Sometimes you need more than just a DIY maintenance checklist. If you are still having trouble with your HVAC or notice any damaged areas, Ranck can help. Some maintenance tasks that Ranck can assist with include: cleaning coils, check and adjust airflow, check refrigerant level, repair and replace damaged pipe insulation, and seal and insulate ducts. For added peace-of-mind, Ranck offers maintenance plans where you’ll receive discounts on repairs and replacements along with priority service and other additional benefits.
It’s also important to remember to get your HVAC system inspected and calibrated each year. A simple inspection can keep your system running longer, reduce the need for repairs or replacement, and even lower your energy costs.
Have a question about HVAC maintenance? Contact Ranck today.