Get your HVAC System Ready for the Summer
Without a doubt, proactive HVAC maintenance will pay for itself over the long term. Not only will a homeowner experience emergencies and have fewer repair bills but their monthly operating costs will also be reduced. With that thought in mind, here are just a few of the things that a homeowner – or their AC technician – should do at the beginning and at the end of the summer season to keep the HVAC equipment in top operating condition:
- Inspect the exterior components – As you might imagine, the exterior portion of an HVAC system is where the main heat exchange takes place. This process takes place by blowing relatively cool air over an evaporator coil. Inside the coil, refrigerant is cooled and turned back into a gas from a liquid. The process is remarkably efficient even in quite hot environments like Texas. Still, the system needs to be checked by a professional technician for leaks or other damage to work properly.
- Clear any debris from around the exterior equipment – Most AC systems are essentially ignored over the fall and winter months. This means that a lot of debris can collect around the exterior unit. One of the first – and most important – tasks that a homeowner can perform is to remove the twigs, leaves and assorted garbage that can diminish the working of the evaporator coil of an HVAC unit. It is simple to accomplish and does not require the services of a professional.
- Top off the fluids – At the very least, the main HVAC unit should be inspected for the proper refrigerant level and adjusted if necessary. In addition, a thorough HVAC inspection will also inspect all components of the compressor, the condenser and the blower to ensure that the belts are not worn and that the individual elements are properly lubricated. Use a professional HVAC company to preform this task.
- Check the duct work – Most homeowners do not really realize how much effect that the a properly aligned and sealed duct work has on the operation and efficiency of an HVAC system. In addition to checking for and fixing leaks at the joints, the duct work should also be inspected for crimps and other deformities along its entire length. Any abnormalities can significantly reduce the constant air flow from the main HVAC unit into the living space. The inspector can be handled by an amateur but a pro should be used for repairs.
For more detailed information on getting your HVAC system ready for the summer season, please contact us at All Seasons Heating, Cooling & Insulation. We can be found online at AllSeasonsHeatingMidland.com or reached directly at 989.832.2752.