What are some of the spring cleaning items I should know about?
Remove Any Condenser Covers
Many people who own homes with an air conditioning system, make the smart decision to cover their outdoor air conditioner condensers to properly protect them from the harsh weather of winter.
When the warmer months arise, many homeowners switch over to air conditioning, however, it is very important to be sure that you take off any covers, blankets, or lids, you may have on your unit, as well as examine the exterior unit for any debris that has built up or damage that may have happened to your unit.
If you turn your system on with a cover in place, it could potentially severely damage your unit.
However, depending on your location and the location of your unit outside your home, you could potentially discover vegetation or plants, or other debris that is building up near your system.
Since condenser coils transfer heat, any particles or debris can potentially disrupt this process. To be certain your system performs properly you should attempt to remove any off these build-ups from the surrounding area of your unit.
Change The Air Filters
Most homeowners already know that you should be changing your cooling system’s air filters every one to three months, but one helpful tip is that early spring is the ideal time to change them.
When winter hits it typically results in more dust and debris in the air filters than usual, so it is vital that you be sure your cooling system’s air filters are completely free of any of these before the warmer seasons begin.
It is also extremely important that you make sure you’ve bought both the proper type and size of the air filter for your unit. If you aren’t sure exactly which filter to use or buy, one of our highly experienced HVAC technicians can help.
One last tip is to also be certain the air filters are placed in your unit properly, to verify if your filters are positioned properly, you should place them with the airflow arrows pointing in the same direction.
Test The Thermostat
One thing that homeowners typically forget is that thermostats should be regularly tested to be certain that they’re working properly. To do this, at the beginning of each new heating or cooling cycle, test your thermostat controls, if they aren’t working properly you may have to recalibrate the unit.
An extra tip we have for you is, to consider reprogramming your thermostat for the warmer seasons that are approaching. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, we highly recommend that you consider upgrading.
Turn On The System
If you have followed our instructions above, the next step is, turning on your unit to be certain that you are obtaining enough air flows from the vents. The most ideal time to perform this test is early in the spring on a cooler day when you have the right amount of time to properly check the airflow every few hours. If the air doesn’t feel cool, you’ll turn off the system completely at the thermostat, and be certain you’ve followed the previous instructions.
If you are sure that you have properly followed all of the suggestions above, and the air from your system still doesn’t feel cool on the second try, we highly recommend that you contact one of our highly experienced HVAC technicians to properly diagnose the problem.