Spring Air Conditioning Maintenance Checklist

by Pacific Heating
3/16/2018 - Tacoma, WA

Spring Air Conditioning Maintenance Checklist
You may be planning what you’ll be doing for Spring Break, and thinking more about going on vacation then home care. However, we’re an HVAC company, so we think about the care of your home’s heating and cooling system all year round. Especially in the spring, because spring is the perfect time to schedule air conditioning maintenance and upkeep your indoor and outdoor unit.

Spring also brings with it an increase in pollen, allergens, and other contaminants. That's why it’s important to keep your air conditioning cleaned, tuned-up, and clear of allergens and other airborne pollutants. Whatever gets stuck in your system gets recirculated through your home and into your lungs.

Essential A/C Maintenance for Spring

Ensure that the air you are breathing during this allergy season is healthy and safe for your whole family by following our essential air conditioning maintenance checklist for spring.

1. Change the air filter

Changing your air conditioner’s air filter is a simple and impactful way to increase the efficiency of your unit and improve indoor air quality. If the filter is dirty, the air is dirty.

Also, when your filter is dirty, the unit has to work harder due to reduced airflow, thus using more energy and raising utility costs. To be safe, change your air filter every 30 to 60 days — monthly during high use times. If you haven’t yet changed your air filter after the heavy heater months of winter, now is a good time to refresh.

2. Clean the vents and registers

Vacuum or wipe down the air conditioning vents (grills) or registers in every room of your home. Be sure that they are open and clear and that nothing is blocking in front of them.

When the registers are clean and clear, air flows smoothly and your system is more effective. If it seems as though the registers are excessively dirty, you can schedule professional cleaning with one of our technicians. Learn why you shouldn't block any of your vents or registers.

3. Clean the air ducts

Clean air ducts are directly linked to the quality of the breathable air in your home. You don’t want there to be dust and debris build-up in the air ducts, although this will happen over time. Every so often the air ducts will need to be cleaned — about every 5 years or so.

During a scheduled annual maintenance, your technician will inspect your system’s air ducts to ensure they are up to par. If you suspect a critter has gotten stuck in your air ducts, this would be another reason to reach out for immediate air duct cleaning services.

4. Clean around the indoor unit

Locate your indoor air conditioning unit and be sure there are no boxes or other household items stored or stacked around it. The unit should be clear on all possible sides. A blocked unit does not perform as efficiently. Also, don't forget to make your indoor air handler a "no-play" zone for the young ones.

5. Clean around the outdoor (condenser) unit

It’s been a cold winter, so you probably haven’t spent much time in your backyard. Now that it’s warmer, head on out to the condenser unit and clear away anything that has collected or fallen to block it during the winter.

Branches and other plant life, debris and any outdoor equipment should be moved away from the unit. It should be cleared up to 3 feet on all possible sides. Learn more about cleaning your outdoor condenser unit.

6. Update the thermostat

There are a couple things you should do to get your thermostat updated for the seasons ahead. Change the batteries in your thermostat if it is necessary to do so. Also, reprogram your thermostat to reflect the warmer temperatures.

When at home, keep your thermostat at 78 degrees and above for the most energy savings. When you are away from home, program your thermostat even higher, to around 85, to avoid paying for more energy use than necessary.

Additionally, your thermostat should be positioned away from heat sources, such as heavy lighting or electrical equipment that could cause it to have a false reading. It’s important for your thermostat to be accurate. Learn how to program your thermostat for maximum energy savings.

7. Schedule a Spring Tune-Up

Spring is a great transitional season to schedule an air conditioning tune-up. A professional HVAC technician should inspect and maintain your air conditioning unit bi-annually. During the summer, phones are ringing off the hook with calls from homeowners desperately needing their air conditioner turned back on.

If something happens, we’ll be right there! But maintenance in the spring is a great way to thwart unexpected repairs come summer.

Keep your air conditioning system clean and clear and your air will be to! For more information in spring air conditioning care, don’t hesitate to contact Pacific Heating & Cooling.

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