Summer is here and that means fun in the sun and rising temperatures. It can also mean more stress for your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system.
Like any other piece of equipment, your HVAC unit will need repair and upkeep, especially as we head into the season. No one wants to face a hot summer day without that cool air so proper HVAC maintenance is a must.
Luckily, it can be quite easy to take care of your HVAC system on a regular basis and prevent you from dealing with a big repair down the road.
There are a few things you can do on your own to keep your unit in shape. First and foremost, keep your air filter clean. Clogged up air filters mean that your HVAC unit has to work harder to get cool, clean air to you and this extra stress could cause it to falter. If you have a reusable filter, wash it out once a month; disposable filters also need to be replaced once a month during the summer season.
Outdoor units need to be kept free of any obstruction so that they can pull in as much air as possible. Keep all plants, leaves, and other debris at least two feet away from the unit. Make sure that all doors and windows are sealed properly so that air doesn’t escape and that vents and ducts are clean to allow for greater air flow. You’ll be getting cool air as well as saving energy and cutting down on your bill.
Having an annual checkup done by a professional at the beginning of summer is also a key part of HVAC maintenance. A professional can take a look at the inside of the unit and spot any potential problems that might escape the untrained eye.
During this inspection, the technician will clean the drain. A clogged drain will put strain on your HVAC unit, just like clogged air filters.
The technician will also clean the fan blades and the evaporator coil, getting rid of any dust or debris, ensuring that the unit will be able to easily move clean air.
Electrical connections will also be checked during this annual inspection. If something is amiss with the electrical connections in your unit, the unit itself can become dangerous to operate.
Lubrication is also important for all moving parts since friction will cause the unit to wear down faster. Your technician can lubricate as necessary to keep everything in your unit moving smoothly.
They will also check the controls of the system to ensure that the system shuts off, powers on, and operates properly.
Because of the many hours your HVAC unit puts in during the summer, regular HVAC maintenance by you and by a professional will go a long way in keeping you cool and ensuring that you get the most out of your unit. As long as regular checkups are made, filters are cleaned every month, and an annual inspection is performed, your unit should have no problem keeping up with the summer heat.