If you’re the kind of homeowner who just pushes a button when it’s time to switch from the furnace to the air conditioner, and never gives a thought about maintenance for either system until something goes wrong, maybe it’s time to change your ways. You could start with a little end-of-winter maintenance.
While your furnace doesn’t really need much attention at the end of winter, you might plan to have the HVAC technician take a look at it when you call for spring air conditioner maintenance. You could ask the tech to check for cracks in the heat exchanger or burner problems, just so you’ll be able to start planning for next heating season. If you have an older furnace, it might be time to think about a replacement and you could even take advantage of end-of-season specials.
But here are some things you need to do before you turn on the air conditioner.
Springtime A/C Maintenance
- Change the air filter. Your A/C uses the same filter the furnace uses, so it’s a good time to change it when you switch over systems. A clean air filter promotes good air flow so your A/C runs cooler, with less wear on parts.
- Clean return and supply vents. Check vents for obstructions, making sure no furniture, drapes or other items are blocking them. You should also check them for dust and debris and vacuum grilles if they need it.
- Test controls and thermostat. Turn the A/C on prior to scheduling maintenance. You don’t want to wait till it’s hot outside and you need the cooling to find out there’s something wrong.
- Clear off the condenser. Make sure the outdoor condenser is free of leaves, grass or limbs. Remove anything that might impede air flow. Look inside the condenser to make sure fins and coils are clean. When you schedule HVAC maintenance, mention to the tech that the condenser coils and fins should be cleaned.
Call Aggressive Mechanical Contractors to schedule your end-of-winter maintenance. We’ve served Monmouth County and the surrounding area for three generations.
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