Spring is just around the corner, and if you haven’t given your HVAC system a tune-up, there’s no better time than now! To make sure your AC is in shape to handle your home cooling before temperatures hit the triple digits, you need to:
- Check your thermostat to make sure it’s calibrated properly.
- Start the unit to ensure it works before beginning your tune up. Listen for any unusual noises, such as knocking, rattling or whining.
- Check the return air filter to make sure it is clean. A restricted filter will cause excess wear and tear, shortening the compressor’s life.
- Clean the evaporator coil by gently vacuuming or wiping away lint, dirt and other contaminants from the fins. (A toothbrush works great for this job).
- Check the condensation tray. A tray full of water indicates there may be a clogged pipe that needs attention before it causes expensive water damage.
- Check the HVAC condensate pan for leaks. Check the fittings, too, since cracks or joints that aren’t flush can cause water damage, too.
- Check the blower wheel to remove dirt buildup. A dirty blower wheel reduces air flow, causing excessive wear on the compressor and decreasing energy efficiency.
- Lube your motor and bearings to reduce friction, heat and noises.
- Check any belts, pulleys, and alignment for signs of wear and/or to tighten loose components.
- Check and secure all panels to make sure no outside debris can get into the motor or intake areas.
For homeowners with a lot of mechanical aptitude, DIY-ing your spring HVAC maintenance is no problem. However, if you are not sure what you are looking for or at or encounter a problem that exceeds your ability to fix, contact the HVAC professionals at R & R Heating & Air. We provide seasonal maintenance checks, and we may offer discounted pricing for individuals and businesses with a maintenance agreement.