The mercury is rising and summer is around the corner! The long, hot days of summer will be here before you know it. This means you should start thinking about how your cooling system will keep up with the warmer weather. When was the last time you checked your A/C unit? If it has been a while, don’t panic, but it’s always a good idea to perform routine maintenance and check for any minor issues before they become big ones. These few steps will help to ensure your AC runs like a charm throughout the hot days of summer.
Clean Up Any Debris
If you winterized your outdoor unit, remove the cover and sweep away any leaves, sticks, and other debris that might have accumulated over the winter. Make sure you trim any surrounding trees and shrubbery that could drop leaves or dirt onto the fan.
Check for Breaks
Take a visual inspection of your cooling unit and see if there are breaks, tears or anything that doesn’t look quite right. If you do find any problems or think there may be a problem schedule an appointment with an authorized HVAC company.
Replace Your Filter
If you haven’t already, check and replace your furnace filter. The air filter actually has a pretty significant role in keeping your furnace healthy and running smoothly. The filter is installed in the return duct so that all air flowing into the furnace must first flow through the filter. The filter collects dust and debris that might otherwise make it into the furnace and cause problems.
Dirty clogged filters reduce your A/C unit’s efficiency and airflow, not to mention your overall air quality in your home. If the air filter is not serviced often enough, it will eventually become clogged to the point that air cannot pass through it. When the furnace is operating, the lack of airflow will trap the heat in the system. As the temperature inside the system continues to rise, the limit switch will activate and shut down the furnace to prevent it from overheating. This will temporarily mitigate the issue, but it won’t solve the root problem. Without a new air filter, the furnace will overheat every time it starts up again.
Welcome Home offers a preventative semi-annual maintenance program which includes air filter replacement. The service is available to all landlords and allows you to continue managing your property. Let us take this off your to-do list. If you are interested in learning more feel free to check this out.
What landlord doesn’t want to save money, replacing the filter can lower your cooling system’s home energy consumption by 5%-15%!
Taking care of a few easy steps will ensure your unit functions properly. If you are unsure about maintenance or have problems contact a certified HVAC service company. Maintaining your system so it operates at its optimal will ensure you and your family stay cool and comfortable all summer long.