With early signs of spring this year, it’s not too early to start on your spring cleaning projects. When you’re getting rid of winter grime, reorganizing closets and clearing out gutters, be sure to add your air conditioner to the list. Taking a few minutes to ensure your HVAC system is ready for the warm months ahead will ensure the health, safety and efficiency of your home this spring and summer.
Consider our spring checklist when inspecting your HVAC system:
- Check thermostat settings. Take a quick look at your thermostat. Is it heating and cooling to your desired temperature? Ensure your system can keep you comfortable when you’re home, and save energy (and money) while you’re out.
- Inspect, clean and replace air filters. Be sure to check your air filter once a month, and change as needed. A dirty filter can result in a host of problems, including increased energy costs, equipment damage and even failure, and poor indoor air quality. Look for a high-efficiency filter to catch all dust, dirt and bacteria.
- Clear the condensate drain. Most air conditioners have a drainage hole on the base of the cabinet, beneath the evaporator fins. Each spring, use a paper clip or wire to poke through the hole and clear it. A plugged drain can cause water damage in the house and impact indoor humidity levels.
- Check refrigerant levels. Too much or too little will make your system less efficient, increasing utility bills and decreasing system longevity. Adjust refrigerant levels as necessary. Be sure to double check the insulation on refrigerant lines and replace them if missing or damaged.
- Tighten electrical connections. Faulty electrical connections are a safety hazard you want to be sure to avoid.
- Clean coils and blower components. Dirty evaporator and condenser coils reduce your air conditioner’s ability to cool your home, making the system work overtime to perform its job. Clean blower components provide adequate airflow and maximize efficiency.
- Remove dirt and debris. Clear leaves, sticks, grass clippings and winter grime from your air conditioner. Make sure the system has at least two feet of clearance around the outdoor unit to capitalize on performance.
- Ensure the unit is level. Once a year, check that outdoor AC units and heat pumps are on firm, level ground or pads. Any shift in the ground can cause problems down the road.
- Seal windows and doors. Inspect your home’s windows and doors and adding caulk where necessary. This will keep cool air in and heat out in the spring and summer, along with saving you money along the way.
- Replace batteries. Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors twice a year to ensure they function when you need them most. You may also want to clean the detectors to keep them looking and performing like new.
For more seasonal tips read more of our tips in our blog, including what to expect with your Spring Service Check and better understanding of what filter is right for you. At Wyckoff Heating & Cooling, your comfort is our number one priority. Don’t miss your opportunity to maximize your home’s efficiency and comfort this spring.