PREPARE FOR THE SUMMER HEAT WITH THESE 5 HVAC TIPS
Spring is here which means summer is just around the corner. The thought of facing the hottest stretch of the summer in the valley of the sun without air conditioning is not a pleasant one. You probably have not used your AC unit since fall which means your unit has went months without being turned on. There are some things that need to be done before the air conditioner is even turned on. Following these steps will ensure that you and your family stay cool throughout the heat of the summer.
1. Change your filter.
Filters in the air conditioning system are made to trap out any dust, dirt, and allergens before circulating through the house. Not changing the air filter causes a lack of air flow going across the indoor coil which then can cause slugging in the compressor, eventually causing the unit to fail. Very simple and easy maintenance that can go a long way for your HVAC unit.
2. Don't Skip that spring tune up.
Considering that the unit has not been turned on for a few months, now is a good time to have a professional evaluate the operation and efficiency of your system to ensure it is running smoothly and prepared to take on the heat of the summer.
What is included in a spring tune up:
Take/check refrigerant pressures
Inspect/wash outdoor coil
Inspect refrigerant line insulation
Take AMP draw of indoor fan (blower motor)
Take/check AMP draw of compressor
Take AMP draw of outdoor fan motor
Check outdoor fan blade and hub
Inspect blower wheel assembly
Inspect compressor high voltage wires
Check operation of reversing valve
Inspect air handler/furnace
Inspect control boards
Check air handler/elbow for air leaks
Check condensate drain lines for proper drainage
Test all capacitors
Inspect evaporator coil
Check drain pan
Check condition of attic insulation while checking air handler
Inspect service disconnect box
Check and tighten electrical fittings
Check air splits
Inspect all duct work for air leaks
Inspect electrical contacter
3. Turn on the unit early.
Turning on the unit early before the temperatures rise will ensure that the unit will work at the precise moment it is suppose to. If for any reason it is not working properly, you will have time to get the unit checked before you are in need of using the AC.
4. Make sure the unit is clear from any debris.
Proper air circulation is essential when it comes to your unit running properly and efficiently. Ensuring that nothing Is around, on or near the outdoor unit will promote a healthy cooling system.
5. Inspect duct work for air leaks.
Last but certainly not least, check your duct work for any air leaks. If you notice that you have dust on or around your air vents, this is a sign of an air leak in your duct work. Also, if you notice that your bill has spiked tremendously, you could be cooling your attic space. This is a very common overlooked issue that can be easily fixed if you keep up with your annual HVAC tune-up.
Without preparation, you and your family could be in for a rude awakening when turning on your air conditioner for the first time this spring. Following these steps will help ensure that your air conditioning system runs properly and efficiently throughout the summer, keeping you and your family comfortable and cool.
Let us take care of you. Give us a call to schedule your spring tune-up and take advantage of our current spring specials.
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Western Climate Control
Matthew - Owner (602) 469-0772
Ryan - Owner (602) 803-1200