Now that spring is here, and it's time to make sure your home's HVAC system is ready for summer! Preventive seasonal maintenance is one of the best ways to ensure your air conditioner is working efficiently for the hot, humid months ahead. Regular HVAC maintenance will improve your system's efficiency, lower your energy bills and prevent you from needing expensive emergency repairs. We all know how bad it can be to be stuck with an inefficient air conditioner in the middle of a sweltering Saskatchewan summer. The good news is there are many things you can do at home to prepare your HVAC system for the summer. Today we'll go over some spring HVAC maintenance tips to ensure your HVAC system is working when you need it most!
Change Your Air Filters.
Over time the air filters in your HVAC system become clogged with dust, dirt and debris. When your air filters are clogged, your system has to work harder to keep the temperature in your home comfortable. Dirty air filters restrict airflow, waste energy and even damage your HVAC system. To avoid increasing energy costs, you should replace your air filters every three months. Changing your air filters regularly will allow your HVAC system to work more efficiently and improve your indoor air quality! If you aren't sure where your air filters are or how to change them, call the HVAC experts at Budget, and we can help you out!
Clean Around Your Air Conditioner and Remove the Cover.
Cleaning your air conditioner is important to keep it working. Clean up the dirt and debris around your air conditioner as you prepare for summer. Clear any leaves on top of your air conditioner's grill and trim down nearby shrubs or bushes to have two feet of clearance around your air conditioning unit. It is also essential to schedule a spring maintenance appointment with an HVAC technician to have your air conditioning unit maintenanced and inspected for any damage that may have occurred over the winter and perform the necessary repairs. Remember to take the cover off your air conditioner! This is an essential step because your air conditioner will not work correctly with the cover on.
Check Your Air Conditioner's Refrigerant.
It's essential to check the refrigerant levels in your air conditioner. Low refrigerant levels won't just make your home an uncomfortable place to live; it could even damage the air conditioning unit severely. If there is too much refrigerant, it could flow back into the unit and damage the compressor. Too much or too little refrigerant will also reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner and increase your energy costs. Make sure you keep the refrigerant level topped up, so your air conditioner works efficiently. You should also check the refrigerant lines to ensure they are not damaged, detached or leaking. Refrigerants can be dangerous, so we suggest calling an HVAC technician to top it up for you.
4. Keep your unit level.
To keep your air conditioner functioning correctly, you'll want to ensure it is properly levelled. With time the concrete pad under your air conditioning unit can sink, putting a strain on the coolant lines. To prevent damage to your air conditioner, make sure that it is sitting level on the ground every few months.
Schedule an HVAC Maintenance Appointment
Don't wait until the warm weather hits to have your air conditioner serviced. You risk being left without cool air in the middle of a sweltering summer day. Without proper maintenance of your HVAC system, there is a greater chance it will need costly emergency repairs or replacement. At Budget Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer HVAC maintenance services that will keep your system up and running when you need it most! If you need an HVAC check-up, contact us today!