Here is a homeowner’s handy guide of HVAC To-Dos that can save you energy dollars and prevent an air conditioning breakdown. Your cooling system needs regular maintenance to keep up with the summer heat. Two things we at Abel Heating and Cooling stress most in our check list:
- Follow the six steps below you can do yourself to keep you’re A/C system in top performance.
- Have one of our technicians come out to perform a tune-up and maintenance call.
- Not quite warm enough to run your air conditioning system yet? Don’t wait. Turn your thermostat to cooling and lower the setting to get your A/C to turn on. Now you can give it a trial run. Look for issues such as lack of cool air coming from vents, frequent cycling or strange sounds.
- One of the top items on your check list are your filters. Clean filters can make a huge difference in air conditioning performance. As we’ve discussed in previous Blogs SEE HERE a clogged filter can block the flow of clean cool air keeping you from enjoying a comfortable home. This will rapidly run up energy costs and even damage your air conditioner beyond repair. We recommend you replace your filter monthly, or at minimum follow your equipment manufacturer’s instructions.
- Next take a look at the duct registers and the return air grills to see that they are not blocked or closed. Keep items away from them, or this will inhibit good air flow. Adjust vent louvers, and if you find some areas of your home are unused, rather than closing too many vents, consider having Abel set up a zoning system for you.
- Do you have a programmable thermostat? Set it for the cooling season. Following manufacturer’s instructions, or asking our technician, will help you keep your home at an ideal comfort level, and save energy dollars.
- Take a look at your outside equipment. Is it covered with weeds, dirt, debris? Use a brush to clean it off and trim away unwanted growth around it. Never block the unit with furniture, storage items, etc.
- Inspect the cooling system’s drip pans and condensate drain lines for clogs. If you find a build-up of debris, algae or mold, here are a few ways to clean it. Use a wet/dry vac. Soak up contents with a towel and clean with a mild detergent. A clogged dirty pan or drain line can cause your cooling system to malfunction.
Check List From Now to September
Repeat steps 2, 3, 5 and 6. If you detect any changes in cooling, cycling or air-flow, call us for a system check-up. If you hear strange sounds, or detect odors, turn the system off and call us right away.
Think you May Need a New Air Conditioning System?
Do you recall how your system was performing last season? Was it putting out less cool air? Did it make unusual noises? It may be time to think of a replacement.
We’ll be glad to come take a look and evaluate your options. If your system is dated, replacing it may quickly pay for itself in future energy dollars and rebates.
Have more questions? Need to make an appointment? We’re ready to help you enjoy a comfortable and cool summer. Call or contact us now.