Spring is a good time to prepare your home for the upcoming hot summer weather which should include tuning-up your air conditioning system, especially if its a few years old.
A spring tune-up can help identify and fix any small problems before they turn into summer breakdowns. A tuneup can also improve the energy efficiency of your system and help extend its overall lifespan.
Here’s a good story by KTAR News in Phoenix, Arizona, about what HVAC professionals check out during an air conditioner inspection.
The inspection should include looking for signs of deterioration in the capacitor (which turns the air conditioner on), thermostats, checking refrigerant levels, the blower assembly, compressor, and evaporator and condenser coils.
Other DIY HVAC Maintenance Tips
- Change the air intake filters once a month or more often if you have pets. This will help control dust and allergens inside your home.
- Clean the area around the outdoor air compressor from weeds, plants and other debris to ensure proper air flow. Allow at least two feet of clearance around the unit.
- Wash the condenser coil on the outside unit. A dirty condenser coil runs hotter and is less efficient.
Now is also a good time to wipe down ceiling fan blades and change the blade direction to counter clockwise.
Check weather stripping around windows and doors in order to keep cool air inside.
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