As we enter late spring and into summer we will be putting our A/C and HVAC units to work. Staying cool and comfortable as the temperatures continue to rise over the next few months will require showing your cooling units some care with preventative maintenance not only will it keep you cool it can avoid larger issues that could cost you money or leave you without A/C. While you cannot solve every issue with preventative maintenance, here are some do-it-yourself tips you need to know to keep your system healthy:
Check and replace your filters often:
The most important thing you can do at home is to inspect your air filter. Dirty air filters make your HVAC system less efficient and cause undue strain on its working parts. While the general rule is to change your filter every 30 days, they may need to be replaced more often if you have pets or open your windows often.
Treat your drain line:
Treating your drain line monthly with bleach or white vinegar this will help remove any clogs and clean the line. If you have a wet/dry vac using it to suck out the drain line will also keep it free of clogs. Follow the link below to see step by step instructions on how to treat your drain line: http://www.sundance-rentals.com/diy-maintenance.
Clean your registers:
Keep your registers clean of dust and debris. Be sure to wipe down your registers as often as possible to keep dust and debris out of your system.
Keep your system free of debris:
Clear all debris from your outside condenser unit such as pollen, leaves, vines, sticks, tall grass or other debris. This allows for maximum airflow to the fan and increases your unit’s efficiency and lifespan. In order to ensure the cleanest system possible, remove anything that blocks airflow to the system, leaving about two feet of space around the unit.
Know when to call a professional:
Professionals should be notified of burned or bad wires. If you hear strange noises loud pops, banging, or grinding noises. A strange noise could be only a loose screw, but you should have any strange noises checked by a professional since they could point to major problems. If your home’s air conditioner will not cool below 75 degrees, it’s time to call a professional. Without a properly working air conditioning unit your indoor humidity will rise, especially during the summer which can cause a number of issues.
-Sundance Rental Management, Inc.