Spring HVAC Maintenance Tips. With winter slowly fading away and temperatures beginning to rise once again, the thick of the East Texas summer isn’t too far off. In-between fall and spring seasons are an optimal time for HVAC maintenance. So, as you prepare to switch from your heater to your air conditioner, use this checklist to ensure you’re upkeeping your system properly to prevent big maintenance issues down the road.
The following ten spring HVAC maintenance tips are easy to complete and will make a huge difference in extending the life of your cooling and heating system.
1. Inspect Your Outdoor Unit
In order to get the best function from your HVAC system, you’ll want to ensure that your unit is level and on stable, level ground. You can also visually inspect your unit for signs of damage from winter storms. If you notice something unusual, or if your unit is unevenly placed, reach out to your HVAC technician. They can help ensure your unit is functioning at peak capacity before summer hits.
2. Remove Debris from Around Your Outdoor Unit
During the cooler months, it’s possible that debris has built up around your outdoor condenser. As you begin your spring landscaping projects, add cleaning up around your unit to the list. Rake away any leaves, dirt, or branches that have accumulated, and cut back any vegetation growing nearby. You can also use your garden hose or vacuum to clean the coils of any buildup. Cleaning your outdoor unit clean will allow your system to operate at full capacity.
3. Replace Your HVAC Filter
As an informed homeowner, you likely already know how vital it is to regularly replace your HVAC filter. Dirty or old filters not only restrict airflow, but can also circulate harmful pathogens, like mold, mildew, and other allergens, throughout your home. They also cost you more money by causing your system to work harder to move air.
4. Upgrade Your HVAC Filter
In order to get the most from your system, we recommend upgrading your HVAC filter. A high-efficiency pleated filter includes electrostatic charges that attract dust particles and bacteria in order to trap them in the filter.
5. Have Your Ducts Professionally Cleaned
In order to maximize the quality of air in your home, have your ducts cleaned professionally at least once every five to seven years. Doing it before you turn your AC on this summer will help free your ducts of dust, mold, and other allergen build-ups that have accumulated during cooler months. Having them cleaned in spring is another great way to get rid of the pollen in the air, too.
6. Invest in a Smart Thermostat
You can take advantage of evolving technology that saves you money by investing in a smart thermostat, like the ComfortLink™ II XL850 from Trane. Not only will a programmable thermostat keep you comfortable all year long, but it will also extend the life of your system and save you money.
7. Test the Cooling Capabilities
The last thing you want is a broken HVAC system in the middle of a hot summer. It’s best to test your AC’s cooling capacity during spring before it gets too hot. You can easily do this by setting your thermostat for a few degrees cooler than your indoor temperature. Wait for your AC to click on and then check to ensure cool air is coming out of the vents throughout the house. You can also listen for any unusual noises, like creaks or squeals, that may point to an underlying problem.
8. Air Things Out
Why not enjoy the fresh spring air? Shut down your system for a week or two when the weather is mild to give it a much-needed break. Use fans and open windows to promote good airflow. Plus, the fresh air and sunshine after winter can do wonders for your health!
9. Check for Air Leaks
Even for the best-maintained systems, it can be difficult and costly to cool (or heat) a home that isn’t sealed properly. As you check items off your spring cleaning list, keep your eye on places where air can leak–cracked or warped weather stripping around windows and door jambs are common problem areas. Ensuring your home is tightly sealed can help eliminate temperature fluctuations and decrease your energy costs.
10. Stay Up-To-Date with Annual HVAC Maintenance
One of the most important things you can do to keep your HVAC system healthy is to schedule annual spring HVAC maintenance appointments. Your certified technician can check your refrigerant level and test the output of your system. They will inspect all mechanical components and connections and will lookout for signs of wear on its major parts.
Regular maintenance is key in keeping your system working as long as possible.
Heating and Cooling Experts in East Texas – Air Solutions of Beaumont
At Air Solutions, we’re here to help you maintain your HVAC system. Whether you need an inspection, regular maintenance or a brand new unit, our experienced technicians are here for you.
For more information about our heating system selection, or to schedule an appointment for repair or maintenance, contact us today at (409) 962-2476, or visit us at airsolutionstx.com/contact.