Once the temperatures drop for the winter, your air conditioner basically sits idle until the temps start going back up in the spring. During that time a lot can happen. Dust, pollen, mold, mildew, even rust can settle into your unit. These contaminants can affect the operation of your system by causing friction between moving parts and negatively impact your home’s indoor air quality.
An essential part of HVAC maintenance is ensuring your air conditioner is inspected for problems that will affect its efficient performance. This includes cleaning and lubricating all moving parts to reduce wear and tear from friction that can lead to system failures. Your air conditioner benefits with increased efficiency and you benefit with a more reasonable electric bill each month.
An important part of professionally maintaining your air conditioner is dealing with any mold or algae that may have formed in your unit’s condensate line or pan. This can cause clogs that trigger water leaks and could also cause a decline in indoor air quality.
During your HVAC maintenance, the service technician will also measure the air conditioner’s refrigerant level. This serves two purposes:
- It helps detect whether you have a refrigerant leak that needs to be repaired
- It replaces refrigerant that may have been lost from normal system operation
- It helps prevent freezing in your condenser that can lead to your air conditioner breaking down
What Can You Do to Get Your AC Ready for Summer?
The key to keeping your air conditioner running its best is professional maintenance. However, there are things that you can do to help get your system ready for use and to keep it running efficiently all summer, including:
- Clearing any vegetation away from your air conditioner’s outside unit
- Removing any debris that may have fallen into the air conditioner’s outside unit
- Inspecting your HVAC filters monthly and replacing if dirty
These three actions will help ensure that your air conditioner receives proper airflow throughout the season.
Beat the summer rush! Get ready for the warm weather ahead by scheduling your spring HVAC maintenance service today. In the Port Orange area, contact East Coast Heating & Air Conditioning for all your heating and cooling maintenance, repairs, and installations.