When Daylight Saving Time starts this year, it’ll be time for homeowners to thinking about “springing forward” by preparing their HVAC system for the upcoming cooling season. Here is a short list of things to do to get your air conditioner or heat pump ready to keep your home cool this summer.
- Test your cooling system — Turn on your air conditioner or heat pump for a brief period to make sure it is working properly and producing cool air. Note any issues that may occur and keep the information handy for your HVAC professional.
- Clean up the outdoor unit — The components contained in the outdoor unit, particularly the compressor, are vital to system function. Clean up around the outdoor unit by removing any accumulations of leaves, mud, dirt, sticks, or other material that could clog the vents and impede airflow. Wipe down the cabinet with a mild cleaner or detergent.
- Change the air filters — Put fresh, new air filters in your cooling system. Even if it looks like the existing filters may be good, it’s always a better idea to start the season with clean filters in the equipment.
- Check the ductwork — Have your ductwork inspected to make sure it is clean on the inside and is in good repair. Any loose ductwork should be reseated so that the sections fit tightly together. All connections should be sealed with mastic or metal tape. It’s also a good idea to make sure ductwork is insulated to keep cool air moving through the ducts from heating up.
- Call for professional maintenance — Schedule a preventive maintenance visit with your local trusted HVAC professional. Your HVAC pro will be able to make adjustments and minor repairs to keep your cooling system working at its best.
Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing serves the needs of HVAC customers in Traverse City and the neighboring areas of Michigan. Contact us today for more information on preparing your HVAC system for service this spring and for the maintenance and repair you need to get your cooling equipment working like it should.
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