How to Know What Parts of Your AC to Check Every Spring

spring AC checksWhen summer rolls around, you’ll be glad you made a few spring AC checks. The time to prepare for hot weather is now, before you need cool comfort on a daily basis. The primary step is to schedule annual preventative maintenance on your home’s AC system. A professional HVAC service technician will perform a comprehensive list of maintenance items, as well as an up-close inspection to identify any potential problems that might crop up later this summer, when the system is working at its maximum capacity. Preventative maintenance means better cooling performance, lower costs, and it also ensures that you’re in compliance with the terms of the AC manufacturer’s warranty.

In addition to required professional maintenance, here are three DIY spring AC checks to make before the season changes:

  • Clear the outdoor AC unit. Spring growth of grass, weeds, or other vegetation may encroach on the outdoor condenser unit and interfere with proper air circulation. Cut back any growth to ensure 2 feet of open space on all sides of the unit for proper airflow.
  • Inspect supply vents and return vents. Make sure the air-supply vent, typically located on the upper portion of a wall of every room, is fully open. Use a vacuum to clean dust from the vent. The return vent may be lower on a wall in every room or a single return in a central hallway. Verify that return vents are unobstructed by objects like furniture and that they are dust-free.
  • Be prepared to change the air filter all summer. Your central air conditioner runs more average daily hours during the summer than your furnace does during the winter, so monthly air filter changes are indicated. Stock up with a multipack of pleated cotton or polyester filters rated from 8 up to 12 on the MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) scale. If you’re not sure how to change the filter, ask the technician when you receive seasonal preventative maintenance.

Make Paitson Bros. your source for spring AC checks to ensure consistent, efficient summer comfort. For 98 years, we’ve been the name Terre Haute residents trust for competent, professional HVAC service.

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