The Summer heat has arrived in full strength. Your HVAC system needs to be operating at it best to keep your family and guests comfortable during summer cookouts, swim parties, and other indoor/outdoor gatherings.
With these HVAC maintenance tips, you can care for your air conditioning system throughout the heat of the summer. Proper maintenance will help prolong the lifespan of your HVAC system resulting in saving you money on costly HVAC repairs.
HVAC Maintenance: Replace Your HVAC Filter Regularly
During the heat of summer, your air conditioning system will be working overtime to keep up with the demand to cool your home. Your AC filter will need monthly inspections to make sure it is not full of contaminants that cause your air conditioning system to work harder than necessary.
We recommend keeping air filters on hand so when a replacement is needed, they are readily available. Another great reason to keep spares on hand is to beat the demand that can result during the summer months.
HVAC Maintenance: Inspect Your Vents and Registers
Thoroughly inspect your vents and registers to make sure that they are not blocked and adjusted open. Blocked vents will restrict airflow and can create performance issues and can cause system overheating.
Remove any rugs, carpets, or furniture, or any other items away from vents and registers. Make sure that all vent louvers are in the open position and never close more than 20 percent of your HVAC system’s vents.
HVAC Maintenance: Inspect Outdoor Equipment Components
Inspect your outdoor cooling equipment components. Remove any grass, leaves, or other debris that can accumulate around your unit. Keep vegetation trimmed to eliminate growth around the unit. Keep any outdoor furniture from the area that immediately surrounds the unit.
HVAC Maintenance: Monitor System Condensation
Keeping your drip pan and condensation drain lines free of clogs or water build-up. Clogged drains or filling drip pans can grow mold, algae, and bacteria when condensation cannot properly drain.
Excessive condensation can cause your HVAC system to malfunction, and overflows can cause water damage.
You can clear clogs within the drip can or drain lines with compressed air or by using bleach poured into the drain pan. You can also use a wet vacuum to remove water making it easier to monitor how fast water accumulates.
Be Sure to Plan Ahead
As Summer ends, it is a great time to have your furnace services and a proper maintenance appointment by an HVAC maintenance technician. Planning ahead will make sure that your system is not delayed when the rush hits during the first cold front.