How to Prepare Your HVAC Unit this Summer
With the hot summer temperatures just around the corner, it's time to get your HVAC system ready to handle the heat. A few simple steps will help keep your system running smoothly until fall arrives. Here are seven steps on how to prepare your HVAC unit for the summer.
Change the Filters
The filters in your air conditioner help keep it clean of dust, which makes it run more efficiently. Changing the filters at the beginning of the season or checking them once a month through the hot months can ensure optimal performance.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to set your desired temperature for when you are home, away, or asleep. It will adjust the temperature automatically. Setting your thermostat helps you save money on cooling while remaining comfortable inside.
Clear the Condensation Line
During the cooling cycle, your air conditioner emits condensation. This condensation gathers in a pan beneath your inside unit. There's a pipe that diverts this condensation outside the house. If this pipe gets clogged, the condensation will pool up and could spill over. Before turning the A/C on for the first time this season, make sure the line is clear of clogs.
Clean the Outside Unit
Over the cool season, falling leaves and other debris can gather around your outside unit. Clear all the debris away. If there's vegetation growing up around it, cut it back. Clean the fine metal fins on your outside unit with a soft brush. Don't bend the fins.
Check Concrete Slab
The outside unit sits atop a concrete slab to help keep it stable. Use a level to make sure it’s plumb. If it isn't leveled, the coolant won’t flow properly through the coils. That means the unit has to work harder to keep your home cool. You can use a board to lever the slab up, then add gravel at the low spots. Keep doing this until the unit is level. Then, remove the board.
Check for Ductwork Leaks
Your home's ductwork may be older than the air conditioning unit itself. If it was installed over 10 years ago, the ductwork probably has a few leaks. These openings allow cool air to escape into your attic or basement. Check the ductwork for leaks and use A/C tape to close them up.
Set an Appointment for Maintenance and Tune-Up
Routine maintenance is key to keeping your HVAC system working smoothly. Schedule an annual tune-up for the spring, before you start using the air conditioning. That way, the system will give you the most efficiency throughout the hot months.
These steps will help you get your HVAC system ready for the hot summer season. If you need assistance with your HVAC system, give the experts at Robert Bair a call today!