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Spring is just around the corner, which means warmer temperatures are heading our way. While hot and sunny days may seem like a dream right now, we all know just how quickly blissfully warm can turn to uncomfortably hot. For the allergy sufferers among us, those days come sooner, since we cannot throw open our windows and doors to let in the springtime air, but have to rely upon cooling systems to help keep our houses comfortable.
Get ready for spring by scheduling an inspection and routine maintenance of your air conditioning system before the late spring and early summer rush. Routine maintenance helps prevent problems from occurring and inspection gives an HVAC technician the opportunity to see any parts that are worn out or broken and replace them before they can cause more significant problems.
A beginning-of-season inspection involves looking at all of the components of your home’s HVAC system. The technician will look at the thermostat and, if it is programmable, show you how to conserve power when you are not home or do not need to use your system. They will check all of the electrical connections in the various parts of your system to ensure that they are snug and conducting electricity properly. They will make sure that the condensate drain is clear of obstructions, and, if it is becoming obstructed, they will clean the drain line. They will lubricate any moving parts that need lubrication, to ensure the system is moving easily and properly. They will make sure that the system operates properly and that it will turn on and off at set operating temperatures. They will look at your outdoor system, clearing it of dirt and debris and checking that all parts are in working order. They will look at all fans and make sure the blades are not damaged and that their motors are operating properly. They will inspect ducts to make sure that they are properly connected and free from leaks or breaks. Finally, they will check refrigerant levels.
Maintenance to start the season includes several important steps. One of the most basic is cleaning all air filters and replacing them or recommend replacing or cleaning, if appropriate. Another is cleaning the coils on both the condenser and evaporator units to help the system operate more efficiently. If your system needs added refrigerant, maintenance will include recharging the system. Lastly, the technician will clean the blower assembly and adjust it, if necessary.