To keep warm during winter, you probably used your heating system extensively. But now winter is finally coming to a close, and we can rest assured that spring is just about to begin. Since we can open our windows and enjoy springtime’s nice cool breeze, we won’t rely on our heating and cooling systems that much during this time of the year.
Thanks to the cool weather, spring is the perfect time to get your HVAC maintenance checklist scheduled and make sure your cooling system runs as efficiently as it should. With an optimum heat pump or air conditioner, you can dive into summer with no worries. Apart from prolonging the life of your HVAC system, proper maintenance helps you get the most out of your unit. To adequately prepare your household for the hot days ahead, here is a full spring checklist for your HVAC system.
Preventive maintenance Can prevent Costly Breakdowns
You need to be sure your HVAC system is ready to take on summertime’s heat before the hot days are on us. During the summer months, you will probably have to run your air conditioning unit several hours a day.
During the hot summer months, you probably won’t be comfortable without air conditioning, and performing your HVAC maintenance in springtime allows your contractor to spot any potential problems before the summer heat hits
You can either do this checklist yourself or hire a professional HVAC service like All Hours Air with locations in Sparks and our newest location Reno. It is recommended to do preventive maintenance or tune-up services with a professional HVAC contractor to ensure efficiency and optimal performance.
Although the contractor will replace your air filters while performing the preventive maintenance inspection, you should still change them in between service checks. Depending on the type you have, you should replace your air filter once two to four months.
Accumulated dust and dirt can obstruct airflow and keep your HVAC system from running efficiently, as a result of which you will consume more energy to cool or heat your home. However, changing the air filter helps to keep dust and dirt from building up, and this minimizes the likelihood of blockage.
In addition to reducing your energy bills by ensuring your HVAC system runs more efficiently, replacing your system’s air filter on a regular basis helps to ensure proper, healthy airflow, which enhances your indoor air quality and improves your level of comfort.
Check overall functionality of your ac system
Before the warmer temperatures become unbearable, check to confirm that all your HVAC units are working properly. As part of your spring HVAC system maintenance, make sure you check for unusual odors and listen for strange sounds, both signs of potential issues.
Test the system’s overall performance. If your HVAC system doesn’t cool or heat your home to the pre-set temperature, then you probably have an issue. The culprit could be your HVAC system or thermostat. If you had not yet scheduled a professional maintenance inspection, have an expert tend to your system before the hot months ahead.
Clean and lubricate your cooling unit’s indoor components
You need to clean and lubricate every indoor part of your HVAC system, which includes the blower fans and coils. Proper cleaning and lubrication help to ensure optimal and efficient performance. Maintaining these components well keeps friction and dirt related issues from developing.
Clean the outdoor HVAC unit To Maintain Efficiency
During the hot summer months, you probably won’t be comfortable without air conditioning, and performing your HVAC maintenance in springtime allows your contractor to spot any potential problems before the summer heat hits.
Keeping the exterior parts of your system clean is necessary for efficiency and air flow. The rain and the wind can carry leaves, sticks, grass, mulch, and several other items into structural crevices like the vent. Make sure you clear any dirt or debris that can block such openings. If unattended to, dirt and debris can accumulate enough to obstruct airflow and reduce your unit’s efficiency.
Have a Professional Check Refrigerant Levels
Now that temperatures are about to go up, you need to ensure your air conditioner is in good working order. HVAC systems need coolant to run smoothly and cannot cool your home efficiently and effectively with insufficient levels of refrigerant. This is an important maintenance step to complete now that summer is getting closer.
By performing the maintenance tasks listed above, you can ensure your HVAC system continues to function properly even after the heavy use experienced during winter.
Hire a Pro or DIY?
Completing this spring checklist for your HVAC system also helps to prepare your unit for the upcoming summer months. You can complete many of the tasks listed above by yourself. However, having a professional technician perform a complete HVAC inspection every spring is the best option.
Feel free to contact us today for a complete cooling system inspection, replacement, or repair services.