11 Ways to Check Your HVAC is Ready For Summer
It’s an astute idea to check whether your HVAC system is ready for the summer or not. There are simple repairs you can do or call for service if there is something wrong. These steps should get you started in the right direction in your Northern California residence or business.
Make sure the thermostat is turned off. The temperature should be set around 80 degrees. Check the following:
Is your thermostat outdated? You should consider getting a new, programmable thermostat.
Check exposed ductwork for holes and other damage. This could be a source of loss of cooling.
3. Air vents
Removes furniture, toys, drapes and other items that may block airflow.
4. Drain line
The indoor cooling coil has a drain line mounted above the furnace (usually). Check this drain line and keep it clear by rinsing it with a cup of chlorine bleach. Buildup of dirt in the indoor coil can cause the drain lines to become clogged.
5. Air filter
Check the air filter and replace it if it has been over three months. You should definitely change the air filter before summers begin.
Make sure the electrical connections are turned on.
You need to ensure the air conditioning unit is turned on.
Once you are done checking the indoor system, it is time to move to the outdoor unit. You need to check the equipment for wear and tear.
8. Condenser unit
You need to ensure there are no blockages near the unit. You should also clean the area off vines, leaves and debris. These can block the interior components and adversely impact performance. You should also look for missing panels that are useful for enclosing electrical connections.
9. Refrigerant lines
Your refrigerant lines should be insulated properly. This will increase the efficiency of your system. Get a professional to carry out repairs to your refrigerant and insulation lines.
10. Outdoor electrical wiring
Call a professional for servicing if you see wear or damage.
11. Replace if old
Air conditioners like any other electrical equipment have a lifespan. Units that are properly maintained will also wear out eventually. This will help you save on utility bills. As per energy.gov, air conditioners that are a decade old can easily save 20 to 40% of your energy costs by replacing the unit with a newer and more efficient system.
Turning on the Air Conditioner
Once you are done with all the steps to get your HVAC system (indoor and outdoor unit) ready for summer, it is time to test it. This is how you should do it:
1. Lower thermostat temperature
Turn the system on after lowering the temperature on your thermostat to the desired level.
2. Go outside
Check to make sure the fan in the outdoor condenser is running. There should not be any irregular noises or sounds. The air on top of the unit should be warm to touch. This is the air that is being removed from your home by the air conditioning unit.
3. Let it run
You should let the system run unhampered for at least 10 to 15 minutes. This should be enough time to know if the air conditioning unit is cooling effectively.