You rely on your home’s heating and cooling system almost every day, so it’s important to take care of it and plan for regular maintenance to keep it running in tip-top shape. This spring, use our HVAC maintenance checklist to keep your heating and cooling system running smoothly.
Spring HVAC Maintenance Check
While some items on your checklist can be performed as DIY projects, most of them should be done by an HVAC professional.
Replacing your filters is one of the easiest ways you can participate in the spring maintenance checklist. Your heating and cooling system’s filter should be changed or cleaned regularly. Depending on the type of filter you have, that’s usually once every one to three months.
Clean Your HVAC System
To prevent harm to you and your home, only trained professionals should clean your heating and cooling system. During the cleaning, your technician should also clean the unit’s cabinet and AC coils to ensure the system will work properly throughout the cooling season. Your technician will also be able to identify any major or minor issues that will need future repairs.
Check Refrigerant Charge
A professional should check your air conditioner’s refrigerant charge while conducting system maintenance. This AC tip is particularly important in the spring to ensure your AC is ready to roll during the hot summer months.
Lubricate Necessary Parts
A trained heating and cooling professional will be able to lubricate any necessary parts to make sure that your system continues running smoothly.
Check for Safety Hazards
A heating and cooling expert will check for any potentially dangerous hazards by
- Inspecting the motor
- Checking for loose electrical connections
- Examining the gas pressure
- Inspecting the flue pipe
- Performing a carbon monoxide check
- Locating all safety controls
These steps can be dangerous for someone who is inexperienced to perform, so be sure to leave them to a trained heating and cooling specialist.
Why Regular Maintenance Is Important
Regular maintenance is crucial for keeping your heating and cooling system working properly. It can improve the functionality of your heating and cooling system and provide additional benefits.
Lower Energy Bills
Regular maintenance keeps your heating and cooling system working as efficiently as possible. When your heating and cooling system doesn’t have to work extra hard to compensate for less than ideal conditions, your energy bills are lower.
Regular maintenance allows trained heating and cooling professionals to address problems with your system sooner rather than later. This means that any major issues will be caught before they ruin your system, extending the lifespan of your furnace and air conditioning units.
Better Air Quality
Regular maintenance keeps your heating and cooling system clean, which in turn improves your home’s indoor air quality. If your heating and cooling systems are dirty with mildew, dust, or other grime, they can circulate impure air throughout your home.
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