Here in Southern Nevada you never know if you are going to have a normal spring or if summer is just going to come early. Air conditioner units are often switched on during April without proper preparation for the intense cooling season. With this in mind, Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning suggests that homeowners begin prepping their air conditioning system for the cooling season. There are certain steps the homeowner can take while the rest is left to a professional HVAC technician.
Homeowner HVAC Maintenance
There are a number of responsibilities for the homeowner to prepare their air conditioning system for the upcoming summer. Throughout the year the homeowner should be monitoring their air filters and changing them as it is needed. With summer coming, make sure to check the air filters to see if it is time to change them out. The air filters play a major role in protecting the air conditioning system and improving your home’s indoor air quality. Next, a homeowner should also be mindful of their air vents. Inspect the air vents. You will want to make sure all the vents are open. Never close off the air vents, even in areas of the home that do not have a lot of traffic. Additionally, make sure that the vents are not obstructed, and air can flow easily. To help improve air quality, also clean around the air vents once a year or as needed. Use a vacuum cleaner to suck off any dirt or dust that has accumulated around the air vents. Next, homeowners need to tend to their air conditioning units. Particularly those on the ground. Make sure the ground units have breathing space. This will include cleaning around the ground unit. Prevent vegetation from growing around the air conditioner. Clear away any vegetation or debris at least one to two feet around the air conditioner. Vegetation and debris can smother the air conditioner and even get caught up inside the unit causing damages. For roof top units, you don’t want bird nests or debris near the unit. However, a professional service can help clear away roof units as it is dangerous to be climbing on roof tops. Lastly, a homeowner should schedule a yearly a/c tune up and inspection to ensure top performance and the long term care of their cooling system.
Professional Air Conditioner Tune Up & Inspection
When scheduling a professional HVAC service, preferably in spring, the entire cooling system is first inspected. An HVAC technician will inspect all aspects of the cooling system looking for potential problems that need repair. Some common repairs needed are often small which can include repair of an air duct split, refrigerant leak and fan belt replacement. However, each air conditioning system will have its own hidden problems needing different repairs. Some other aspects of an HVAC tune-up are: Inspection of coolant levels and pressure. If needed, adjustments are made. The cycles and temperatures are checked and if needed the thermostat is calibrated. Inspections of all the wiring, contacts, capacitors, and relays (if needed) will be tightened and secured in place. Evaporator coils are thoroughly cleaned. The Condensate drain will be cleaned to prevent any potential buildup or clogs. The Condenser is thoroughly cleaned. The outdoor disconnect system is inspected for any damages and repair if needed. Condenser fan blades and motor will be lubricated and checked for any potential failures. Compressor amps and start up are also inspected and adjusted if needed. Safety and performance tests are also performed and much more.