How to Prep Your HVAC System for Summer | AC Tune-ups
How do you prepare your home and HVAC system for the warmer months ahead?
Spring has sprung in Western New York and that means it is time to start not only spring cleaning, but preparing your home and HVAC system for the warmer months ahead. Spring means that it is time to prep your HVAC system for summer and to have an AC tune-up.
Your air conditioning unit is subject to a lot of use over time. To keep it working effectively and efficiently, you need to have it maintained regularly. It’s especially important to have your unit checked out now that spring is here and it’s about to start working full-time. Preparing your Western New York air conditioning system for summer will help guarantee that you will have nice cool air throughout the warmer months and will also prevent any unexpected breaks from happening.
An annual AC tune-up will help keep your system at optimal performance. Doing this in the spring will ensure that your HVAC system is clean and properly lubricated when it kicks into full gear, which is crucial after the demanding New York winter months.
How to prep your HVAC system for summer:
Schedule an AC Tune-Up
Having a regular AC tune-up is key to your Western New York HVAC system’s effectiveness. When it comes to your home’s air conditioner, preventative maintenance is what keeps your system running well. In some cases, an AC tune-up may even be a requirement of your manufacturer’s warranty. With an AC tune-up you can expect the following:
- – Air filter change
- – Lubrication of all moving parts
- – Cleaning of coils and other components
- – Cleaning condensate drain
- – Thermostat testing
- – Checking of controls, belts and blower motor
- – Cleaning and/or replacing of parts as needed
- – Measuring refrigerant levels
- – Straightening and checking fins
Preventive care will help diagnose problems and issues with your HVAC system before they become a major problem. Scheduling a tune-up in the spring will help you avoid the summertime rush and allow time in case repairs are needed.
Inspect your Ducts
Testing your HVAC system’s ducts for leaks will help you stay on top of any repairs you may need prior to the warmer months. Having your ducts recurrently cleaned and tested can also help improve air quality in your Western New York home. If you have duct leaks, having them fixed will make your system more efficient and allow it to more effectively cool your home. Ducts can become the breeding ground for dust mites, rodents, and insects and should be cleaned at least once a year. Inspecting them during the spring is a must.
Changing the Air Filter
Regularly changing your HVAC’s system’s air filter is essential to your system’s productivity and durability. At Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC, we have found that a clogged or dirty air filter is one of the main causes of Hamburg, NY and Erie County home’s HVAC system failures. To get the most life out of your system, and to keep it as efficient as possible, it’s imperative that you change the filter regularly. A dirty or clogged filter puts an extra strain on your HVAC system, leading it to fail more quickly.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
If your HVAC system does not have a programmable thermostat, it is a good idea to have one installed before summer comes. Programmable thermostats allow you to stay in control of your home’s indoor temperature and set zones and times for throughout the day and week. Programmable thermostats can help lower your energy consumption since you are able to set the temperature and program the system to run less when you are not around or sleeping.
Now is the perfect time to schedule your professional AC tune-up so your HVAC system is ready to perform well for the rest of the year.
Preventative maintenance can save you serious money. Not only does a professional tune-up from our team at Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC help prevent breakdowns (and repair costs), it’ll also boost your system’s energy-efficiency this summer. In short, there’s no substitute for our multipoint tune-up and inspection.
Contact us today, to take the first step in prepping your HVAC system for summer.