It is springtime – finally – a brutal winter is now behind us. However, we may just find ourselves in another harrowing scenario: a brutal spring and summer. If this is the case, you want to start taking measures now to make sure your AC system is clean and in perfect working condition. A clean and maintained air conditioning system will be a more efficient air conditioning system. Why is this is important? For one, a faulty air conditioning system won’t provide you will the cooling power you need to beat the heat. Also, an inefficient system will be expensive. There are many ways to clean your AC and to make sure there is nothing serious going on. Here are some spring AC system inspection and cleaning tips.
- Make sure that you remove large debris from your fan unit outside. The fan unit is what draws in air from the atmosphere to provide the cooling power your home needs to beat the heat. However, if there is large debris, like twigs and leaves inside the fan unit, your entire system could become compromised. Not only that, but if you turn your system on while there are large branches inside your fan unit, you could have expensive damages on your hands.
- Make sure to do the smell test. One important inspection tip is to turn your unit on and then sniff around for various odors. If you smell a burning odor, you may have an issue with your condenser unit – it may need to be oiled. If you smell a chemical odor, it could be that you have coolant leaking or you may not have enough coolant. In most cases, this issue can be solved quite quickly. However, if you let these issues go on, they could cause more damage, so it is always better to catch them early on.
- Make sure that you clean out the ductwork. The ductwork is an essential component of your overall HVAC system, so you want to pay very close attention this snaking labyrinth when you are doing an inspection and cleaning of your air conditioning system. You can usually call a specialized ductwork cleaning crew to clean your ducts for you.
- Make sure to inspect your thermostat. While there are many benefits of programmable thermostats, they won’t do much if you don’t inspect your thermostat to make sure it is working properly. Sometimes, thermostat panels can short out. In some cases, the battery can die, which is a simple fix. However, you want to fix this issue sooner rather than later, especially if you want to beat the heat this summer.
- Make sure the filter is replaced. One of the most important cleaning and maintenance tasks is to replace your air conditioning system’s filter. The filter is a critical component that prevents dust and debris from getting inside your system. After a while, though, a filter can stop working efficiently. In the end, replacing the filter is convenient and affordable.