Summer Maintenance for your HVAC System

summer maintenance

 

If you have regular maintenance done now for your HVAC system, you can help reduce the chance of a potential issue in the long run. Any time there is an issue with the system you notice, make sure to contact us. This can include noticing an issue by an odd sound or smell, or even something working not the way it used to. We can also help to determine when regular maintenance inspections should be done with the HVAC system. You can check the air conditioner now, as one last time for summer. Also, the heater can be inspected now in order to ensure it will work properly when it comes time to turn it on.

Check the filter regularly

Also make sure that the filter is inspected regularly for your HVAC system. This will help to ensure the filter is free of any build up of dirt or dust. When this occurs, the airflow is restricted. It then causes extra strain and stress on the parts of the unit. Always have the filter in the system when it operates. Failure to do so will result in the dirt and dust getting into the system and clogging up the ductwork in the future. If you are not sure how often the filter should be inspected or changed, we can advise you on a schedule. This helps to ensure that the filter is efficient at having the air pass through it.

Remember the other parts

The ductwork should also be checked for any puncture marks or damages it might have. If this happens, it no longer allows the HVAC system to be efficient when trying to make your home comfortable. You can check some of it yourself, or we can inspect it as well for you.

 

Besides the ductwork, the thermostat should also be inspected. Sometimes and error happens with it where the set temperature is different than the actual temperature. This can be a malfunction in the thermostat. Make sure to contact us as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you.

Remember Regular Maintenance

Maintenance

 

Keeping your home cool and comfortable in the summer is important. In order to do so, you will want to make sure that the system is properly maintained. This should include a regular maintenance check, as well as looking at the parts anytime you notice an issue. By catching the issue right away, you help to prevent further problems with the parts, or other parts as well. Maintenance for the HVAC system can save you money in the long run as well.

Filter Maintenance

One part that is often forgot about is the filter. The filter should be inspected on a regular basis to ensure it is free of dirt and dust build up. If you notice it is dirty, you can clean it. There are also times that you should change the filter. This will help provide good filter maintenance for the air conditioner. If you are not sure how often the filter will need to be changed, contact us and we can advise you on the schedule. This way you can help to ensure that the filter is always as clean as it should be.

Noticing Noises

If you notice any odd noises, make sure to have a scheduled appointment so we can inspect it. Over time the parts will start to wear with one another. If these noises are ignored, then more damage could be done to the air conditioning system. This runs the risk of it going out when you will need it on hot humid days. If the noise gets worse or is more often, immediate action should be taken. You also run the risk that the system will not work efficiently, causing a higher energy bill at the end of each month. By having regular maintenance and proper inspections done, you can help to ensure the air conditioning system it working the best that it can for your home.

Air Conditioner Efficiency for your Home

Efficiency

Keeping your air conditioner clean is important in the summer. Dirt, in the form of grass clippings, pet hair or mud will block the air flow. When this happens, you will notice a decrease in performance. Condenser coils need to be cleaned because they are exposed to the out door elements. You can maintain condenser coil efficiency by simply washing the unit. Turn off any electrical power first to your system. Note that the evaporator coils are harder to get at, so make sure to contact us. The visual check is not as simple as the condenser coils. All parts of the unit are in need of maintenance as well. Since the evaporator coil is continuously exposed to airflow circulated by the blower, it’s susceptible to buildup of dust or dirt. When airborne particles form a layer on coil surfaces, the refrigerant is diminished.

Thermostat Problems

If the air conditioner never shuts off, there may be an issue with your thermostat. Sometimes you may notice that the thermostat is not reading the temperature correctly. In this case, your air conditioner unit will continue running. An option to check the thermostat is to place another thermometer near the location of the thermostat. After an hour or two, check the reading. If it is at or near your desired home temperature, there may be a problem with your thermostat. Make sure to contact us so we can inspect the thermostat for you.

Air Leaks

Poor sealing can cause issues. Insufficient insulation is another common culprit, which can cause your unit to run constantly and inefficiently. If your home is not closed up tight while your air conditioning system is in use, you will lose the nice cool air. If there are air leaks in your basement, the air is then forced out. This can negatively impact your summer cooling bills and you will notice in increase in them as well.

Air Conditioning Maintenance is Important

air conditioning maintenance

The air conditioning is important to keeping your home cool and comfortable. There are several parts you should inspect for the HVAC system as well. The ductwork carries the cooled air from the air conditioner throughout your home. However, if there are holes or breaks in the ducts, that expensive cooled air will be wasted. This also causes your air conditioner to work harder and drive up your energy bills.

Thermostat

Make sure to check the thermostat. Especially if you still have the old dial-type thermostats, they could be incorrectly calibrated. Your air conditioner will not be synced correctly from the control system. This problem is fairly easy to fix by replacing or re-calibrating your thermostats. If you have new programmable thermostats, sometimes these are difficult to program and they may be set incorrectly. If you still have the manual, check the instructions to make sure your thermostat’s settings are correct. You can also contact us and we can inspect the thermostat for you.

All the moisture that your air conditioner removes from the air has to go somewhere. It’s supposed to be removed from the space through a drain line, into a pan and finally down a drain. If the line or drain gets clogged or the pan gets full, the water can back up and damage your system. It can also result in water leaks that damage walls, ceilings, and furnishings in your home. If you don’t see it right away, you will eventually have mold growth. Having it inspected can help ensure that it is working efficiently.

Replace the Filter

You should also replace the air filters for your HVAC system. Airflow problems that lead to coils freezing are often caused by clogged air filters. If you are not sure how often to check the filter, make sure to contact us. We will advise you on the schedule to ensure the filter is clean and free of debris.

Check the ductwork

Also inspect the ductwork. You will want to repair it if there are any holes. If it seems like there’s not enough air coming from the registers, or your energy bills keep going up, have us look at the condition of your ductwork.

Make sure to take time and brush the debris away from around the unit that is outside. If the condenser or fan gets clogged with leaves, it will not work efficiently. It should also be cleaned of trash, dirt, and other debris. If the unit is clogged, it cannot get rid of the heat as effectively as it could otherwise. Noticing an issue early can help prevent time, money, and stress in the long run.