When the temperature starts to climb, your HVAC system may have a hard time keeping up. After months of non-use, dust, debris, and a dirty filter are all potential barriers standing between you and a fully functioning AC unit. While it may seem like a hassle in the short term, proper maintenance is key to long-term use. Following these simple tips for getting your HVAC system summer ready and they will ensure you keep cool even on the hottest days.
Clean house: grass clippings, leaves, and other yard debris naturally collects inside your unit, so be sure clean as much of that material out as possible.
Fire your filter: odds are pretty good that if the same filter from last year is still in your unit, it may be time to swap it out for a new one. Depending on what kind of system you have, it’s typical to replace your filter every 3 months.
Take a listen: when turning on your HVAC system for the first time after a long hiatus, you want to be sure and listen closely for any strange noises, such as rattling or rumbling that could indicate an impending system failure.
Diagnose your ducts: while most of the air ducts connected to your HVAC system are hidden behind drywall, you can determine a few key diagnostic points by inspecting the ones that are visible. These will likely be found in your basement or attic and should be examined for rust and/or damage to the insulation.
Part of being a responsible homeowner means tackling maintenance tasks before they become a bigger issue. Keeping your HVAC system running smoothly will not only keep you cool but will save you energy costs and spare you headaches for summers to come.
If you have questions regarding the maintenance of your HVAC system, call Just Right Services for a free diagnostic exam at (949) 245-6320.