The entire country can breathe a collective sigh of relief, as the winter season we thought would never end has come to a close and spring is here. However, the beautiful weather we have been having will be short lived and summer with its brutal heat is right around the corner. While you spent the winter indoors and out of the elements, your a/c unit has been buried under snow, leaves and whatever else the wind brings. Most of us expect to flip the switch on the first hot day and have cool air coursing through our home. However, without proper preparation and maintenance, it’s very likely you’re a/c unit could fail on that first hot day. Today we will be offering some tips on how to prepare your home for the upcoming summer.
Before we go any further, it’s important to make clear that HVAC systems are complex and can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. Anything beyond the basic maintenance should be left to the professionals. If you don’t feel comfortable or are unsure about performing any type of maintenance on you HVAC system, stop reading now and call a reputable HVACcontractor.
The filters in your a/c unit are both the simplest portion to maintain and one of the most essential to its function. Dirty filters can restrict air flow through your home and also cause your energy bills to rise. Filters also keep dust and debris out of your duct work, making the air in your home breathable. The filters are usually located inside your home on the side of your furnace. Once you have located the filter, simply remove the existing filter and replace with a new one. There are many different types of filters and are rated according to the MERV system. For more information about the different types of filters, click here.
Look for anything out of the ordinary like frayed or exposed wires, damage to the outside of the unit, leaking lines or any signs the unit was producing smoke. If you do note any of these things, do not turn on the unit and contact a professional.
Leaves and debris surrounding your unit can cause all kinds of problems. Using a rake or leaf blower, clear all debris in and around the unit. Make sure that there are not large objects on top of the unit and the fan is unobstructed. Without removing the top cover and ensuring the unit is powered off, apply a small coat of WD40 (or any spray non-abrasive lubricant for metals) to the fan blades. If you notice any obstructing debris inside of the unit, do not turn it on and contact a professional.
Inspect the coolant lines and make sure there are no leaks and all the lines are connected to the unit. The lines are normally wrapped in insulation to prevent freezing; make sure the insulation is intact and not frayed or split. If you do find some lines are exposed or the insulation is coming undone, you can easily replace or patch the missing areas with insulation tape. Do not attempt to remove or reattach any of the lines you find disconnected.
Test Thermostat and Unit
Check your thermostat and unit by setting the temperature to your usual warm weather setting. The unit should power up as normal and the thermostat should display the temperature entered. Note how long it takes for your home to begin to cool down. If it seems to take longer than usual, don’t be alarmed. However, if the unit does not seem to be cooling the home or you feel hot air coming from the vents, contact a professional.
These simple steps can help ensure that you and your family are cool and comfortable throughout the summer season. If you come across any of the issues listed above or you do not feel comfortable performing maintenance, call Michael & Son Services. Our friendly and professional HVAC technicians can help you with maintenance, repairs and replacements. Check out our website and find out what kind of HVAC deals we have in your area. Also, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube page to find out about special offers, upcoming events and much more!