Winter is winding down, but it won’t be long before we’re turning on our air conditioning in Richmond, VA. As we get ready for spring cleaning, your AC system needs a little maintenance before you start using it again. Preparing now will help make sure everything is working properly and efficiently before spring and summer, and prevent a breakdown when you need it the most.
- Maximize outside air flow—leaves, grass and weeds grow and collect around the outside part of your AC unit during the winter, blocking air flow and greatly reducing your air conditioner’s efficiency. Clearing away debris ensures good air flow, increasing efficiency and keeping your electric bills in check.
- Change the filter—it’s one of the most important things you can do for your HVAC system, but many people overlook it. Change standard AC filters monthly. Pleated and HEPA filters last longer, but you can vacuum some of the dust off between filter changes. Just like clearing the outside unit, regular filter changes will keep your AC in good working order and working efficiently.
- The drip pan and the drain line—they drain the condensation off and away from your AC unit and safely out of your home. Dirt can build up and cause a clog, and if it does, that water has to go somewhere. Should one or both become clogged, you’ll have water backups in your home, and the potential for water damage. Mold and/or mildew can develop in your home and grow. Get ahead of this problem: run a cup of ordinary chlorine bleach down the line, and follow it with a gallon of water to clear any possible clogs before you start your AC this year. If you have trouble, schedule a maintenance call with an AC Repair company in Richmond before it’s time to turn on your air conditioner.
- Air Ducts—make sure your air ducts are in good condition and don’t have signs of wear. Cooled air can seep out through holes, making you AC work harder. If it’s been a while, schedule an air duct cleaning appointment to make sure they’re not blowing dust or other unwanted things into your home.
- Air vents—make sure furniture or other items aren’t blocking the air flow in your home. If they are, move them to allow the cooled air to flow freely into the room.
- Seal your home—check your windows and doors for drafts, and seal up the holes with caulk and weather stripping. This will prevent cool air from leaking out, making your AC work harder and costing more than it should. Don’t forget to check for and repair loose siding, and seal up those spots as well.
- Refrigerant line check—visually inspect these lines and make sure they’re in good condition and properly insulated. If not, call and AC repair company in Richmond, VA for maintenance and replacement.
- Thermostat update—if your old thermostat is giving you trouble, now is the time to install a new one, before summer. A programmable thermostat allows you to “set it and forget it,” setting it around your schedule. A “smart” thermostat can detect when you’re home and when you’re away, setting the temperature accordingly and helping you save money on energy costs. Note: the US Department of Energy doesn’t recommend a programmable model for heat pumps, unless you get a thermostat made specifically for use with heat pumps.
Call For An Appointment
Spring will be here before you know it, so make sure your air conditioner is ready. WG Speeks is Richmond, VA’s heating and cooling experts since 1943. Call us today at 804-276-2800 to schedule your home heating system for a checkup and maintenance appointment.