Summer is here which means one thing, warm weather. Is your air conditioner prepared for the hot summer months? We sure hope so! If you are unsure or think that your HVAC system may be in need of maintenance now is the perfect time to do it. Here at Cal Air we have worked hard to provide you with some air conditioning maintenance tips so that your air conditioner will be up and running good for the hot summer months.
Clean The Outside Condenser Unit
Before you ever turn your air conditioner unit on it is important that you make sure your air conditioner unit is free of any debris for they can easily clog up your unit. We recommend that you leave at least 2 feet of clear space open around your unit. If your unit is placed under trees or around any bushes it is important that you trim any low-hanging branches or trim back any bushes that may obstruct the air flow through your air conditioner unit. If your air-conditioning unit has gone through the winter without being covered up it probably needs to be cleaned up. We recommend that you hose your unit off with a garden hose to remove any dust or debris, but never use a pressure washer because it can easily damage the fins inside your unit.
Check the Ductwork
Most of the time the majority of your air duct system is going to be hidden behind a wall, however there are usually some areas where the ductwork will be exposed for inspection purposes. For example if you have an unfinished basement or an attic you should examine your ductwork in these areas. It is not uncommon for rodents to take shelter in your ductwork for the winter months and they can do some serious damage to your ductwork. You also need to look for any signs of rust or damaged insulation while inspecting your duct system. You should always do a test run of your air conditioning unit to check for any odd smells that may be coming from your vents. It’s not completely impossible for a rodent or some type of animal to get in your duct system and die. If this were to happen it is important that you have a professional come out and clean your ductwork. Our professionals at Cal Air would be more than happy to help you find the problem and clean your ducts if necessary.
Change The Air Filters
The number one thing that we recommend that you do is changing your air filter. The whole purpose for a filter to be in your HVAC system is to remove the dust and debris from the air flow so that they don’t get inside your home and if your air filter is not changed properly the filter will become clogged allowing dust to get into your air system. Depending on what type of filters your HVAC system uses we recommend that you change your filter once a month to once every three months.
Tune Up Your HVAC Equipment
Over time your HVAC system will begin to require maintenance. Some of the things you can check yourself while others may be a little more difficult so it’s best to leave it up to us. It is important to keep your HVAC maintenance up to date because your system could develop a loose connection, the belts may begin slipping, or the lubricants can even evaporate.
Install A Programmable Thermostat
The last step that you should take in order to prepare your air conditioner unit for the summer is to install a programmable thermostat if you haven’t already. A programmable thermostat will be very beneficial to you because it will save you money on your utility bills.
Overall HVAC Care
Your overall home comfort is easily cared for when you request service from our top rated company. We can provide you with residential and commercial options including indoor air quality, air duct sealing, repair service, maintenance, installation and more. Our team can provide you with every service needed to have a healthy and comfortable home year round. With over 30 years in the industry, Cal Air is ready to provide you with excellent support for your HVAC systems. Let us care for your household or business with our long list of service options. Contact our company today to learn more about the many services we provide or to schedule an appointment.
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