In our last blog, we wrote about how a little “spring cleaning” for your plumbing system can go a long way. Well, the same is true for your HVAC system too!
Your HVAC system is an expensive and necessary component of your home. It’s important that you don’t neglect it while you are doing your spring cleaning. Here are four steps you can do to make sure your HVAC system continues running efficiently and is prepared for harsh summer months.
1. Clean It Up. Ok, so you probably already have cleaning your yard and pruning trees and bushes on your “Spring Cleaning To-Do List.” However, make sure you do not forget the area around your outdoor AC unit. For many people, their AC unit is on the side of their house, out of sight and out of mind. Just because this is not an area that your
neighbors or guests will see, doesn’t mean it is not important to keep neat. You want to make sure you keep at least 3 feet of open space around your unit to allow your unit proper airflow.
2. Replace Your Filters. Replacing your filters should be done every month—this is just an extra reminder to change them. Changing your filters is the easiest maintenance task you can do to keep your system running effectively. When the air filter is dirty, it slows down the process of heating or cooling, and can negatively affect your home’s indoor air quality. Usually, cleaning or changing the filter is all you have to do to improve HVAC output and even decrease allergy symptoms.
3. Visually Inspect Your Outdoor Unit.
Your unit is either belt-driven or has a direct-drive motor. If you have a belt-driven motor, look for any abnormal wear on the edges or fraying and cracking on the belts. There may be some black powder or dust around the blower and inside the unit. If it appears to be excessive, it’s time to replace the belt. Direct-drive units do not use belts, so if you hear unusual noise or the airflow is reduced, you may need to service or replace the motor.
4. Schedule a Tune-Up.
Make an appointment for your HVAC tune-up. During your tuneup, an HVAC specialist will work to blow out the lines, replace filters, and check safety controls. The specialist will also inspect belts, the thermostat and refrigerants, and duct
leakage. Duct leakage decreases the energy output of air conditioners, preventing them from creating sufficient cold air. Sealing ducts can restore a lot of efficiency to your unit.
And in case you didn’t know, tune-ups are free for our Home Comfort Club members. If you’re not a member, call Mr. Dan’s today at 256-835-6244 to sign up and schedule an appointment.