What We Do During a Spring AC or Heat Pump Tune-Up
As summer months approach, be sure to schedule a spring maintenance checkup for your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment. Manufacturers recommend tuning up your air conditioner in the spring before turning it on for the first time for the cooling season. Maintenance ensures all components are working properly, optimizes performance, reduces energy usage, and keeps your HVAC warranty valid.
Elements of an AC Tune-Up
A licensed professional will examine the entire system during an air conditioning or heat pump maintenance session, including:
- Ensure proper airflow.
- Calibrate thermostat.
- Clean condensate system.
- Clean or replace filter as needed.
- Check electrical system and amperage.
- Check refrigerant level.
- Inspect and lubricate all moving parts.
- Inspect and clean indoor and outdoor coils.
- Ensure the system cycles properly.
Repairing minor problems identified during a maintenance session avoids big problems later. Keeping your system in good working order helps prevent costly and inconvenient breakdowns and extends the service life.
Do-It-Yourself Maintenance Tasks
There are a few maintenance tasks homeowners should do. Check the air filter at least every three months. If you live in a dusty area or have pets, check the filter once a month. A dirty air filter makes the system work harder and reduces comfort. If the filter is dirty, clean it or change it.
Make sure vents are not blocked. Air must flow freely through ducts and into the living space for optimum performance. Keep the outside unit free of vegetation and debris. Clear leaves, grass, and grime from around the housing.