Spring HVAC Maintenance Checklist: Top 5 Things to Do
Now that the birds are chirping and baseball is back, it’s about time to start spring cleaning. The best place to begin? Your air conditioner. In the blog below, the Bryant® experts at ComfortAire Heating Cooling Fireplaces share our HVAC maintenance checklist to help you make sure your system doesn’t waste energy, stays reliable, and performs as it should through the whole summer. Read our tips, then give us a call at 715-325-3969 to schedule a maintenance appointment.
1. Clear the Debris
With all of winter’s winds and snow coming through, it’s common for leaves, twigs, brush, and dirt to sit around your air conditioner. To ensure safe and smooth operation this summer, take your rake or leaf blower and push away the debris. A quick spray with your garden hose can also help clear it away. If you put a cover over your A/C in the winter, now’s the time to take that off, too.
2. Change Your Air Filter
Changing your air filter helps protect your comfort in so many ways. By catching pollutants that circulate with your air, a filter can help keep you healthy, reduce stress on your HVAC systems, and improve your home’s energy efficiency. Make note of your filter’s size and stock up on replacements, either from ComfortAire or your local hardware store.
Bonus tip: Write the date of installation right on the filter and make a note on your calendar to replace it in the next three months.
3. Test Your A/C
Test your air conditioning right from your thermostat—set the temperature a few degrees cooler than normal to see if everything runs smoothly. If you don’t feel cool air, something smells off, or the system makes strange noises, shut it off and call our experts for a fast and efficient repair.
4. Check for Leaks
Checking for leaks is a good idea at all times of the year, but can be especially helpful with spring’s varying temperatures. Try taking a facial tissue and holding it up to your air ducts. If it moves erratically, that’s a sign of a leak. Thankfully, there is a variety of specialized tapes and caulk you can buy to fix errant spots.
5. Schedule Your Clean & Check
The last and most important part of your spring HVAC maintenance checklist? A Clean & Check from ComfortAire. This step helps keep your cooling system in tip-top shape, cuts down on unnecessary breakdowns, and improves its overall energy efficiency. Our technicians will check refrigerant levels, lubricate working parts, and tighten all the electrical components, covering all your bases.