Spring is just around the corner and the pollen is in the air. It's time to bring out that spring HVAC checklist!
1. Replace filters - Ideally, you should replace your air filters every month, but especially during the spring when the pollen count is high and seasonal allergies are at their worst. Changing your filter regularly keeps it from getting gunked up with dirt, pollen and debris that impedes airflow, causing your HVAC system to not work as efficiently as it can.
2. Check for debris around the outside unit - Winter winds can cause all manner of leaves, twigs and other debris to collect around your outside unit. Be sure to clean and remove any debris visible from around or interfering with the outside unit.
3. Schedule your regular HVAC maintenance appointment - Your technician will check an entire list of possible issues and clean and inspect your unit before the summer heat comes along. Just a few of the things your service appointment will include are:
- Check air filters
- Flush condensate drain
- Check and calibrate thermostat
- Check refrigerant levels
- Inspect the blower assembly
- Inspect indoor evaporation coil
- Check and lubricate the condenser fan motor
- Inspect and tighten any loose electrical connections
- Check service valve for any leaks
- Clean and check condenser coil
- Test amperage of the compressor
- Check for general wear and tear
- Check for any necessary repairs
A few things to keep in mind are the age of your unit and the cost of any necessary repairs. If your unit is more than 10 years old, it might be more cost-effective to replace it with a newer, more energy-efficient system. If the required repairs would cost more than half of what a new system would cost, it's also best to consider replacing the system with a new one. Call Carolina Comfort Systems for your spring HVAC maintenance appointment and check it off your list.