All winter long, your HVAC system has been working hard to keep your home warm and toasty. Now, spring is on the horizon, which means it’s time to prepare your system for the transition from heating to cooling the rooms in your house. Here are the specific maintenance tasks you need to perform as winter comes to an end and warmer weather makes an appearance:
Change the Air Filters
The first thing you should do is replace the air filters in your HVAC system. It’s best to replace these filters every month, but you should do it at least every three months if once a month doesn’t work for you. The start of spring acts as the perfect reminder to change out the HVAC filters. After a long winter, the air filter in your HVAC unit is likely full of dirt, debris, and bacteria. To prevent these contaminants from circulating throughout your home, you should replace the dirty filters with new ones.
Not only does replacing the air filters in your cooling system improve your home’s air quality and help your family breathe easier, but it also allows your HVAC system to operate more efficiently and at a lower cost. It’s a win-win all around!
Clean the Outdoor Unit
The winter weather can take a toll on your outdoor HVAC unit. So, before you turn on the AC for the first time, make sure you prepare your HVAC system by cleaning it thoroughly. Sweep away debris from the outside unit, use a cloth towel to clean outside vents and exposed coils, and remove any landscaping that may be blocking the unit.
Set Your Thermostat
Now that you’ve changed the air filter and cleaned the outdoor unit, it’s time to change the temperature of your thermostat to your ideal temp for the summer. You’ll want to do this in late winter or early spring to ensure you have plenty of time to schedule repairs before the warm weather is overwhelming.
Turn your thermostat to cooling and then set the desired temperature. Listen for your HVAC system to cycle on. You should hear air rushing through the air ducts and out of the vents. Make sure the air is cool and not warm. Signs of trouble include strange noises, odd odors, and a slow operating system. If your system exhibits any of these issues, reach out to local professionals for AC repairs as soon as possible.
Check for Leaks
Your HVAC system consists of dozens of metal components. Over the winter, these parts may have corroded and developed cracks or holes. Inspect your HVAC system to ensure there aren’t any visible leaks or cracks. If you don’t see anything, it’s still a good idea to call a professional to check for hidden leaks. This brings us to the final step in your spring HVAC maintenance plan…
Schedule a Spring Tune-Up for Your AC
The easiest way to get your HVAC system ready for spring is to schedule AC maintenance services. Your local HVAC specialist will check for cracks and broken seals, clean the outdoor unit, replace your air filter, and fix any damaged parts. They can also handle your duct cleaning if you need it. The best part is that routine HVAC maintenance ensures your system operates efficiently for years, saving you money in the long run. Contact our friendly and experienced team for assistance getting your HVAC system ready for spring.