As spring approaches, it’s to start thinking about performing some routine HVAC maintenance to ensure your unit is prepared to handle the upcoming warm Omaha weather. If your AC unit isn’t clean, it will work less efficiently, shortening its life span and costing you money. Consider taking these air conditioner maintenance steps before spring arrives!
Have an AC Contractor Inspect Your HVAC Unit
Part of air conditioner maintenance is deep cleaning your unit: lubricating parts, tightening electrical connections, clearing the condensate drain line, and more. If you’re not sure how to complete these important tasks for your AC unit performance, allow a professional to inspect the unit and perform the necessary maintenance. We recommend being proactive and doing this sooner rather than later—the longer you wait to schedule an appointment, the busier technicians will be!
Change Your HVAC Filters
Ideally, you’re already changing your filters regularly or at least once every three months. Hold your filter up to the light—if you can’t see light passing through, it’s clogged and should be replaced immediately. Changing your air conditioner filters improves air quality, lessens strain on your system, and keep your costs down.
Clean Your AC Condenser
Dirt and debris enter and clog the cooling fins over time, causing the AC unit to have to work harder and be less productive. Unplug your outdoor AC condenser, then vacuum debris with a soft brush attachment. Clear away any nearby grass, shrubs, or plants that could get stuck in the condenser. Carefully unscrew and remove the top grill, take out the fan, and spray the fins from inside the condenser with moderate water pressure to clear out anything the vacuum couldn’t get.
Check Doors & Windows for Drafts
The more cool air that’s allowed to escape your house, the harder your HVAC unit will have to work to keep your home at the desired temperature. If you suspect a leak or feel a draft, hold a thin piece of paper next to the area. If the paper moves, seal the leak with weatherproof caulk or expandable foam spray for larger gaps.
Reprogram Your Thermostat
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, this is the perfect time to consider upgrading. You don’t need your house to be as cool when you’re not there, and programmable thermostats allow you to change the temperature based on the time of the day or week. You could save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by adjusting your thermostat 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day.
If you have a programmable thermostat, program it based on your schedule and when you’re usually home. Perform weekly updates to the program to adjust to your schedule.
Test the Thermostat
The last thing you want is to be miserable in the heat because your HVAC system failed you when the temperature rose. Just turn it on to make sure it’s working. If the thermostat is battery operated, be sure to change the batteries if you haven’t recently. But if you believe that something bigger is wrong, get in touch with your AC contractor.
Clean the Furnace
Your furnace’s work may be done for the next few months, but that doesn’t mean you should just ignore it. During use, the furnace is a magnet for dirt, dust, and other debris. Remove harmful build-up from the filter system, blower, and motor to make sure it’s ready to go once fall comes around.
Follow these seven steps and your AC unit will be ready to go when the temperatures rise. If you have any further questions or want to schedule a visit from your Omaha AC contractor, get in touch with Controlled Comfort.