As the weather starts to warm up, you’ll no doubt want to shut off your furnace or other heating system and turn on the AC. However, don’t instantly make this switch without first performing a few maintenance steps to the unit. HVAC contractors warn this could result in an air conditioning system that doesn’t cool as well as it should. Follow the checklist below to prepare your unit for the workload ahead.
How to Prepare Your HVAC System for Spring
1. Change the Air Filter
Before swapping from heating to cooling, replace your air conditioning unit’s old air filter. No doubt, it collected a lot of debris during the last warm season. Installing a clean one reduces how hard the system has to work to cycle air through the home. When it’s clogged, air flow is reduced, and the unit has to work overtime to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. HVAC contractors recommend inspecting the filter at least once a month to see how quickly it collects debris and changing it no later than 90 days.
2. Clean the Outdoor Condenser
The outdoor condenser unit contains parts that pull in outside air and blow it through cooling fans in order to chill the coolant liquid, which is needed to cool warm air that is drawn from the interior of the house. During winter, these fans collect dust, leaves, other tree debris, and dead grass. Clean the outside of the unit to remove these issues and prevent air flow reduction. Don’t open the condenser to clean it without a trained professional as you could harm the unit or yourself.
3. Dust All Indoor Vents
It’s common for the return and supply vents to go unnoticed during typical cleaning. However, as they pull in air from the home and redistribute it, they tend to collect dust. Try to decrease how hard the system has to work by keeping these vents clean and unobstructed so they can maintain air flow. HVAC contractors recommend inspecting them at the same time you check your air filters each month, so they aren’t forgotten.
It’s also important to have your air conditioner inspected by a professional HVAC contractor before turning it on for spring and summer weather. For over 45 years, Dawson Heating & Air Conditioning has provided central heating and cooling repair and maintenance services to the Greater Cincinnati, OH, region as well as Northern Kentucky. They also sell and install products from well-known brands, like Rheem®. Call them today at (513) 281-3311 to schedule an appointment and visit their website to learn more about their services.