As a homeowner, it’s likely you spend a few extra hours each spring deep cleaning and organizing your home in preparation for a long and relaxing summer. You might even take your car in for a tune-up and thorough washing. In the midst of all this, don’t forget your spring HVAC maintenance tasks. These tasks help get your ac and home ready for the upcoming heat and humidity summer brings. In this article, we’ll guide you through a spring HVAC maintenance checklist. By the time you’ve finished, your home will be ready for the hot months of summer ahead.
Change Any Filters
In order for your air conditioner to function properly, it needs good airflow and ventilation. The better the airflow, the more efficient it will be at pulling dust and other particles from your air. In order to achieve this, it’s important you change the filter once monthly during the summer. Right before summer begins is a great time to change the filter. Mark the date down in your calendar and set a reminder on your phone that pops up once monthly after that.
Clear Off the Condenser Unit
Your air conditioner is actually a system comprised of two parts. One, usually located inside near your heating system, is the air handler. The other part is the condenser unit, typically located outside on a slab of concrete. Before summer begins, clear this outdoor unit of any leaves or debris that have covered it. Clear any trees or bushes so the condenser has plenty of space and ventilation, and remove any coverings or weather guards you may have installed before winter.
Check Vents and Registers
Just like the condenser unit needs space for proper airflow and ventilation, so do the vents in your home. As part of your spring cleaning tasks, consider vacuuming out all heating and intake vents in your home. This will improve airflow and reduce the amount of dust circulating throughout your home. When replacing furniture, take care not to place it over these vents, as this can create an air pressure imbalance.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
Are you still using an old, outdated thermostat? Is it so old it doesn’t even have a digital temperature display? If so, making the switch to a programmable thermostat may be a smart option. You’ll be able to control home comfort from an app on your phone, create routines that ensure the thermostat changes the temperature for you, and you’ll be ensuring the thermostat has a solid connection to your HVAC system. If you take care to utilize energy-saving functions, the switch could even save you a few bucks on your monthly cooling bill.
Test the System
Imagine flipping on the air conditioner during a heatwave. The sun feels blisteringly hot and all you want is a nice cool room to sit in, but the unit doesn’t respond to your instructions. Maybe it tries to turn on and makes an irritating grinding noise instead. Either way, you’re stuck without cooling until we can make it out to your house. To prevent a scenario like this, do a test run or two before extreme weather arrives. That way, if repairs are needed, they can get done before summer is underway.
Schedule Spring Maintenance
There’s only so much you can do as a homeowner to prepare your HVAC system for a new season. Much of the work must be left to licensed professionals with experience in the heating and cooling trade. An HVAC technician from our team will thoroughly inspect your entire air conditioning system, checking for leaks and other issues with the potential to affect performance come summer. We’ll make any adjustments needed, lubricate moving parts, and clean the system. This tune-up keeps your warranty valid, saves you money on cooling bills, and keeps your air conditioner healthy.
Affordable HVAC Solutions in Richmond
If you need quality heating and cooling solutions at prices that’ll make you smile, the experts at Affordable Service Solutions Heating & Air Conditioning are the team for you. Our technicians are rigorously trained to meet and exceed expectations as your reliable source for indoor comfort. As a family-owned business started a decade ago now in 2012, we strive to provide 100% satisfaction to each and every one of our customers. Our service offerings range from seasonal HVAC tune-ups and indoor air quality solutions to heating and cooling repairs and installations. Give us a call today and set up your spring maintenance appointment!