HVAC maintenance should be a part of your spring cleanup list. Although your air conditioner hasn’t been put to the test yet, Siouxlanders know that without a doubt, it will be. Scheduling your annual spring tune up will prevent unwanted costs and future problems.
What goes into a spring tune up?
Thermostat settings are checked to ensure heating and cooling systems are keeping you comfortable when home and saving energy when you are away.
Controls are checked to make sure the system starts, operates, and shuts off as it should.
Moving parts are lubricated. Dry parts cause friction which in turn increases your energy bill.
Electrical connections are tightened and voltage is measured on motors.
Evaporator and condenser air conditioning coils are cleaned. Dirty coils will cause an increase in energy bills and a decrease in energy efficiency.
Refrigerant levels are adjusted if necessary. Too much or too little refrigerant will reduce the life of your equipment and increase energy bills.
The condensation drain is checked. A plugged drain can cause extensive water damage to the home and affect indoor humidity levels.
Preseason checkups cover A LOT. We have a Suter specific 20 point checklist to ensure your HVAC system is in tip top shape.
Spring 20 point checklist:
Clean evaporator drain line
Check indoor bearings
Change filters (1″ included)
Oil condenser fan motor
Check condenser motor bearings
Check belt and replace if necessary
Check refrigerant charge
Clean electronic air
Check temperature drop across A/C coil
Check electrical connections
Check contractor pad
Check for obvious refrigerant leaks
Check wiring connections at compressor
Check indoor blower relay
Check thermostat for proper operation
Check refrigeration system for proper operation
Check indoor motor for proper speed
Did you know…?
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What can you do?
Inspecting and cleaning the wiring and mechanisms of the unit is probably challenging for the average home owner, and we encourage you to leave those tasks to the professionals. Still, there are plenty of steps you can take to make sure your HVAC system leads a long, happy life.
Invest in a high efficiency pleated air filter. These hospital grade filters screen out the smallest of particles. They are beneficial for everyone, but especially those that suffer from allergies or autoimmune disorders.
Replace your high efficiency filter every 3 months. If you have a disposable fiber glass filter, it’s recommended that you change it bimonthly or monthly. A dirty filter can result in increased energy costs and damage to your equipment.
AC and heating units need to be free of pollen, grass, and leaves. When mowing, do not leave grass clippings on your air conditioner. Keep approximately 2 feet around your unit debris free. A dirty condenser coil will cause energy efficiency to drop as much as 30%. Your cooling bills will go up and the life of your air conditioner will be drastically reduced as well.
Turn off water to your furnace humidifier in the summer.