Spring is right around the corner, and after months on end of constant use, your HVAC system could use some attention. Before you turn on the air conditioner, it’s important to ensure your system is ready for the abuse it’s about to endure after sitting dormant for months. Below, we’ll discuss why early-spring HVAC maintenance is so crucial and six ways to prepare your home to avoid damages.
Why HVAC Maintenance Is So Important
Your air conditioning system hasn’t been in use throughout the winter, which means the equipment has just been sitting. Not only that, but the outdoor unit has been exposed to ice, dirt, leaves, and other debris that can cause blockages.
Neglecting system maintenance and just firing up your central air conditioning can put immense stress on the equipment. Not only can the added stress increase your electric bills, but it can also lead to costly equipment damages.
6 Ways to Prepare Your HVAC System
To avoid damage to your HVAC system, run through the six tips below to ensure your system runs smoothly and efficiently through the spring, summer, and early fall.
1. Clean the Outdoor Unit
First, head outside to your condenser. Clean any dirt or debris on the unit, and cut back any weeds, bushes, or shrubs that could come in contact with the condenser. These can cause blockages and render your system useless.
2. Inspect the Condenser for Damage
Next, check your condenser outside for physical damages that may have occurred over the winter. Look for broken hoses, dented fans, and any other irregularities. Consider having a professional fix any issues.
3. Check Your Breaker and Thermostat
If you’re the type of homeowner to shut the breaker to equipment not in use, head inside to turn the breaker to your air conditioner ON. You should also remember to change your thermostat from HEAT to COOL.
4. Change Your Air Filters
Clogged air filters can put undue stress on your blower motor and cause damage over time. Swap out your filters, as the old ones will have accumulated dust, pollen, and other debris while your system was off.
5. Clear Indoor Vents & Registers
Next, move around the house and clear furniture from the air vents and returns, and dust off all openings into your ventilation system. This will help maximize efficiency and reduce undue stress on the system.