Spring is just around the corner, which means it will soon be time to switch from heating to air conditioning in our region. The changing of the seasons is a perfect time to make sure your HVAC system is running right by getting a checkup and doing a little maintenance yourself. Here are some tips to guide you.
DIY HVAC System Maintenance
- Change the filter. This is an easy task. For best results, choose a better quality pleated filter with a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) between 8 and 12. Quality filters do a better job of keeping your HVAC system clean while improving your indoor air quality. Follow the instructions on the filter or consult your owner’s manual.
- Clean debris around the outdoor condenser. If leaves, grass or other debris has gathered around the outdoor part of your system, clear them away. There should be no obstructions within 2 feet of the condenser.
- Clean the condenser coil. The storms of winter can leave dirt and other debris on the condenser’s coil. To clean, first, make sure the power to the unit is off. Remove the metal cage. If you use condenser coil cleaner, follow directions carefully, mixing with water, and then spraying with a pump sprayer. Wait five minutes, then wash off with a hose. Never pressure wash the condenser fins.
- Inspect ductwork for holes, cracks, and gaps. If you can easily gain access to your home’s ductwork and feel comfortable inspecting it for holes, cracks and places where sections may have come loose, do so. Otherwise, request your service technician include duct inspection on his or her list of tasks.
What’s Included in Professional HVAC System Maintenance?
Your service technician should perform these tasks during routine preventative maintenance appointments. The HVAC pro will:
- Check system controls for proper start, operation, and shut-off
- Check thermostat settings
- Lubricate moving parts
- Tighten electrical connections
- Measure voltage and current for motors
- Inspect the condensate drain
- Clean the indoor evaporator coil
- Check the refrigerant level
- Clean the blower and other system components
Learn more about Bounds Heating and Air’s HVAC system maintenance service, or contact us today at 352-472-2761 to schedule service for your home comfort system!