Now that spring is here and the temperatures are starting to move slowly upwards, it’s time to start looking ahead. Maybe your spring cleaning is set to begin soon or maybe you’re starting to think about planning some trips now that driving won’t be so treacherous. Whatever you’re looking forward to, don’t forget to take care of regular home maintenance that will make sure that the parts of the summer you spend inside will be comfortable. If you turn on your AC for the first time this year and find that it either isn’t working or isn’t working as well as it should, call us at Tom Schaefer Plumbing in Eastlake to find out how we can keep your house cool during the warm months coming up. Read on to find out how to take care of your AC system.
Check Your AC Filters
This is the easiest place to start. It’s always a good idea to replace your HVAC filters at least twice a year (or more often if your owner’s manual suggests it) in order to keep the air flowing smoothly and to keep allergens and pollutants out of your home. If you have a central air system, your AC will come through the same ducts as your heat. This means that your air filters will usually be right next to the heater. Don’t forget to replace your filter at the end of summer so that your home stays warm during the colder months.
Clean Out Your Ducts
Your HVAC ducts will collect dirt, dust, hair, cat fur, and other particles that are small enough to get inside of them. There’s just no way to avoid it, but you can mitigate the negative impacts of dirty ducts by cleaning them. One easy way to cut down on some of the debris is to open up the vents in your home and vacuum them. While you won’t get everything out with a regular vacuum, any reduction of dust and allergens is sure to be an improvement.
Check the Outside AC Unit
When you check your outside AC unit, first make sure that there is no obvious physical damage. Winter can be tough on things and if the accumulated weight of snow, or broken branches, has dinged up your unit, it might need repairs or replacement. Examine the area around the unit and pick up and clear away any loose debris like old leave, grass clippings, or twigs and branches. Basically, you want to make sure there is nothing near the AC unit that could end up inside of it. Keeping the unit clean will make it run better and last longer.
Make Sure Your AC Condenser Coils Are Clean
If everything looks okay, remove the outer cover carefully and, using a specialized refrigerator coil brush, clean the coils carefully. Don’t damage the coils or bend any of the fins or it could cause problems.
Check Your Coolant Lines
There will be some lines that run between the evaporator to the outside condenser that are usually covered with foam. These are the coolant lines. If there are sections of these lines that aren’t covered with foam or insulating tape, make sure you cover them. This will make your system run more efficiently because the coolant lines, if left uninsulated, have a huge potential for fast energy loss.
Call Tom Schaefer for an AC Tune Up
If you call us, we can do a full service on your AC system before the summer shows up. Our trained HVAC techs can handle any system and will make sure that everything is running as well as it possibly can. Call us for the best cooling, heating, and plumbing services in Eastlake!