Having used your heating system to maximum capacity to keep warm during the winter, spring comes as sweet relief. Spring is neither too cold nor hot, and it is the season where you won’t have to depend on your heating and cooling system at home.
Since your HAVC system won’t have to run every day in the spring, it’s the perfect time to check your heating and cooling system to see if the unit is still in perfect working condition. Here’s a spring HVAC cleaning checklist to help you.
1. Change Your Air Filters
A best practice is to change the air filter every month for top performance. However, time and financial constraints may impede you from replacing it during the cold winter months. Spring presents an opportune time to switch off the heating and cooling system so that you can check the filters.
Dust and dirt often accumulate in the filters, making it hard for your HVAC system to function at its full potential. Changing the filter restores the maximum functionality of the system and saves on energy consumption, thus bringing down your energy bills.
2. Test All Your HVAC Systems
Spring is that season of the year when you can switch off your HVAC system without hurting the environment in your home. The mild temperatures and clean air during this season afford you the chance to shut down all the HVAC components so that you can inspect them individually.
You can then switch them back on one by one to see the level of their functionality. Check the air conditioning units, the air purifiers, and the general quality of your indoor air. These tests will help you to identify any defect in the system and have it fixed.
3. Check All Electrical Connections
Faulty electrical connections pose potential danger to you and your HVAC components. Electrical shocks can be nasty, spark a fire, and damage property. The risk of electrocution is also real if you don’t check those connections for flaws.
You can go about tightening the connections on your HVAC unit. If you’re unsure how to do this, consider partnering with us at The Cooling Company for professional and reliable HVAC services. Shut down the HVAC system this spring and check those electric contacts for errors. It could save you a great deal of time and stress in the long run.
4. Clean All HVAC Units
It pays to clean your HVAC components thoroughly and frequently. Begin with the indoor components, including the blower fans and coils, filters, and ducts. Be sure to apply lubrication to those parts that need to be oiled so as to enhance their efficiency.
Cleaning and lubricating HVAC components helps to prevent complications that may arise in the near future. These potential problems include clogging of the air and water filters as well as accumulating dust and dirt in the air conditioning components. Take time during this season to give them a sparkling new look by cleaning them thoroughly.
5. Check the Refrigerant Levels of Your AC
The coming of spring signals an increase in air temperatures as summer begins to beckon. This means it’s time to ensure that your air conditioner is in premium working condition before temperatures rise. Checking the refrigerant level helps you to ensure that the system has enough flak to cool your spaces in the summer.
You wouldn’t be able to replenish the refrigerant in the AC without checking it in the first place. Switch off the AC for a moment and take time to inspect its various components. If the refrigerant is low, be sure to refill it. When summer comes, you’ll have nothing to worry about as you go about your business.
6. Clean Your Windows
Sometimes, the little things you do make the biggest difference. Taking time to clean all the windows in your home can go a long way toward enhancing the operation of your HVAC system. Dirty windows may harbor mold, dust, and all kinds of allergens. These unwanted materials may be sucked into the air purifier and clog it.
In spring, you won’t have to contend with snow settling on your windows. It’s the perfect time to clean them, even with just a piece of wet cloth. It may take you quite some time to attend to all the windows, but you’ll reap maximum benefits in the form of reduced energy bills because clean windows will reduce the strain on your HVAC system.
7. Install an Air Purifier
Cool conditions in spring may attract mold, dust, pollen from plants, and pet dander to your indoor air. Consequently, this is the best time to consider installing an air purifier in your home; that is, if you didn’t have one in the first place.
When shopping for an air purifier, keep some considerations in mind. Whichever suits your fancy, ensure it has the ability to capture and kill pathogens. You have every right to clean, safe air for breathing.
8. Schedule an Air Conditioning Tune-Up
The cool air, clear skies, and sprouting of vegetation combine to make spring the most appropriate time for a professional air conditioning tune-up. The tune-up appointment involves delving into the HVAC system to inspect its internal components, such as the level of the refrigerant and the filters.
A professional and reliable HVAC company, such as The Cooling Company, will also go the extra mile to check the electrical and mechanical components of your HVAC system in your Las Vegas home and conduct any repairs that may be necessary.
9. Clear the Area Around the Air Conditioner
The area around your air conditioner may have gathered unwanted objects such as vegetation, pieces of paper, or some other materials. When the snow clears, you’ll have lots of time to inspect the area surrounding the air conditioner for any unwanted stuff.
Ensuring that this area is clear gives the air conditioner enough breathing space. Remember this unit needs lots of free air for efficient functioning. If anything blocks free movement of air to and from this equipment, it may overheat and break down.
Clearing the area is also an important preparation exercise for summer. The heat in the summer months requires your air conditioning unit to be in top shape; otherwise, you may be in for uncomfortable summer months.
10. Inspect the Air Conditioner Drain Line
Not many homeowners pay attention to the air conditioner drain line. This could be partly because it leads to the outside of the house, and no one wants to go out to check. What you may not know is that the drain line plays an essential role in the proper functioning of your AC unit. It drains the excess moisture created through the cooling process.
Turn on the air conditioner and allow it to run for some time. Look for water flowing out of the drain line, the part that resembles a hose. Don’t expect a lot of water. However, if nothing flows out, the drain line could be clogged. Call The Cooling Company in Las Vegas if you need help unblocking the clogged line.
At The Cooling Company, we provide reliable and professional heating and cooling services throughout Las Vegas. Trust us for HVAC repairs, maintenance, ductwork, and installations. Contact us today for more information.