What Does Spring Demand of Your HVAC Units to Keep Them Going?

Spring HVAC problems, if they occur, are often related to seasonal startup of the central air conditioner or associated components. Your first priority should be to schedule annual preventative maintenance of the system by a qualified HVAC service technician. This includes manufacturer-recommended maintenance procedures, plus an inspection to look for any incipient problems that could create major issues later in the summer. Annual professional maintenance is also usually required to keep the system warranty valid.

Along with the professional approach, here are some DIY tasks to help prevent spring HVAC problems and ensure a successful seasonal transition from heating to cooling.

  • If the outdoor component of the central AC has a cover installed for the winter, remove it before starting the unit. Also, remove any objects that might be placed atop the unit.
  • Cut back weeds or other vegetation around the outdoor AC component to establish at least 3 feet of open space on all sides. This ensures adequate air circulation into and out of the unit.
  • Make sure supply and return air vents in every room are fully open and unobstructed. Vacuum the vent grilles to remove any accumulated dust or dirt.
  • Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. If you’ve been using your ceiling fan over the winter to help circulate heat in the rooms, it’s probably set to rotate in the clockwise direction. For summer operation to blow air downward into the room and enhance cooling — as well as save on air conditioning costs — set the fan directional switch to counter-clockwise.
  • Install a new air filter. Best filtration performance is provided by a pleated filter with a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating of at least 8. During the summer cooling season, the system air filter should be replaced monthly.
  • Check your thermostat program. Has your household schedule changed since last summer? Review the programmed thermostat settings for cooling mode and make sure they still suit the needs of the occupants this summer.

Avoid spring HVAC problems by scheduling professional preventative maintenance of your central air conditioner now. Contact Paitson Bros., serving Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley since 1922.

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