Spring Maintenance Tips for Your HVAC System

With spring right around the corner, it won’t be long until temperatures begin to climb. It’s important that your home’s cooling system is up to the task for summer’s scorching heat. The best way to ensure your system operates properly when you need it is to schedule regular preseason inspections of your unit and to perform your own preseason checkup.  Make sure that your HVAC system is in peak condition when you need it this summer by performing these spring maintenance tasks.

Indoor HVAC Maintenance 

  1. Replace your air filters. One of the easiest and most effective things you can do to keep your HVAC system performing at peak condition is to change the air filters on a regular basis. A clean air filter will keep your system running efficiently and improve the air quality in your home. This is especially important with allergy season right around the corner.
  2. Clean evaporator coils and drain lines. Make sure the drain line is clear of any algae or mold that may have built up and could potentially cause a blockage in your drain hose. Clean the drain pan, and ensure that coils are free of dust and build up.
  3. If your HVAC system has a humidifier unit, deactivate it, and turn off the water supply while using the air-conditioning setting.
  4. Make sure your ductwork is clean and in good working condition. A professional can check for any leaks that may be reducing your HVAC system’s efficiency.

Outdoor HVAC Maintenance 

  1. Clean any debris from around your condenser unit. Clear away any leaves, grass, or trash that may have accumulated around your unit. Trim back any vegetation that is within two feet of your condenser unit
  2.  Clean the unit. Use a shop vac to remove any dirt or yard debris from the outside of the condenser unit after removing the outer cover.  Use a hose to spray build-up from on and around the fins. Inspect the fins for damage.
  3. Make sure the unit is level.  Check that your condenser unit is sitting level to avoid coolant line malfunctions and keep your unit operating efficiently.

Schedule a Professional HVAC Maintenance Checkup

Although there are a number of spring maintenance checks that you can perform on your own, it is always a good idea to have an experienced HVAC professional check your unit every six months. A highly trained technician from Rivers Plumbing, Heating & Air can do a complete system inspection, including checking refrigerant levels, replacing any worn-out belts or hoses, and testing for leaks.

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