5 Tips to Successful Summer Maintenance for HVAC Systems

By July 20, 2020 September 1st, 2020 Preventative Maintenance
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Did you know that close to 200 people die each year in July alone from heat exposure?

While summer often signals an opportunity to take a break and have fun, it also ushers in scorching heat for much of the United States. Much of the country is expecting above-average temperatures for summer.

As the heat arrives, there is summer maintenance you should attend to on your HVAC system. If you fail to check on your HVAC and give it preventative care, you may find yourself with a unit that is underperforming and a home that feels like an oven.

This article will give five tips for summer maintenance on your HVAC so that you can keep enjoying a cool home in the middle of a heatwave outside.

1. Condenser Coils

Over time, condenser coils can get dirty. They get caked with dirt and debris. Turn the power off that leads to your condenser, then spray it off with a garden hose. This should remove most of the dirt and debris that might be clogging the condenser.

A dirt condenser coil will have problems with transferring warm air from the inside of your home to the outside world. When condenser coils are dirty, it leads to your HVAC being less effective at keeping your home cool.

2. Filter

Depending upon your living situation, you should be replacing air filters for your HVAC system every 3 weeks to a few months.

Do you have multiple pets? Or live in an area that’s dusty or has lots of air pollutants? If so, you’ll likely want to change the filter every 3 weeks. Your filter can quickly become clogged with pet hair and dust, which creates a strain on the HVAC system.

Buy a new filter and change it to keep your HVAC running at optimal levels. The filter will help to trap airborne pollutants and will keep them from reappearing in your home.

3. Refrigerant

Refrigerant is an important aspect of your HVAC system. Refrigerant is what helps transfer hot air from indoors to outdoors, then circulate cool air back into your home.

As you can see, the refrigerant is vital to the operation of your HVAC system. If it runs low or out of refrigerant, it won’t be able to perform its job. Speak with a technician to have them handle refilling your refrigerant if you suspect it is low.

4. Electrical System

HVAC systems can have complex wiring that needs repairs every once in a while. Wires can deteriorate from exposure. At the sites where wires connect to something, they can occasionally overheat and degrade from scorching.

Check over the internals of your HVAC. If you notice any blackened, scorch marks on the wiring, call a technician.

5. Thermostat

The thermostat is an integral part of your HVAC system. If the thermostat isn’t functioning properly, your air conditioner won’t be able to detect when it needs to turn on and cool your home down.

Keep Up With Summer Maintenance and Prosper

As long as you follow a bit of summer maintenance for your HVAC system, you should be able to enjoy a cool home all through summer. Preventative care is essential to finding a problem and fixing it before it spirals into a more costly repair.

If you need your HVAC system checked over or repaired, Best Air Conditioning & Heating LLC is here for your cooling needs. Contact us today to book an appointment.