A neglected HVAC system can cost as much as 25 percent more in energy costs, and this doesn’t include energy wasted by ductwork problems and potential repairs. By preparing your heat pump or A/C for the cooling months, you can enjoy many benefits, such as greater comfort and lower energy bills. Here are a few tips you can follow to keep your HVAC system in prime condition this spring:
Check Thermostat and Filter
Test your thermostat to see if the cool mode is engaging your heat pump or A/C. If you’re using an older digital or manual thermostat, consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat for carefree turn-back/up periods. You’ll save energy without a second thought. Next, take a look at your air filter, and replace it if it’s dirty. If you use a disposable fiberglass type, consider the benefits of upgrading to a high-efficiency filter.
Indoor Air Handler
Take a look at your system’s evaporator coil, fins and drip pan. These components are susceptible to mold, bacteria and algae growth due to the amount of water (condensate) in this area. The accumulation of microorganisms and debris can block airflow, reduce cooling output and increase energy bills. Your HVAC professional can deep clean these components and treat them to prevent future growth.
Compressor and Condenser Cabinet
The compressor and condenser coils are located in the outdoor cabinet in a conventional split-system heat pump or A/C. Spray and clean your cabinet with a garden hose, and remove weeds or any other debris that may be obstructing airflow. During professional preventive maintenance, your HVAC technician will check compressor function, tests relays and electrical contacts and inspect your coil and refrigerant lines for leaks.
If you hear any clamoring or rattling noises when you start up your HVAC system, you may have a leaky or disconnected air duct. Air ducts are often forgotten about, but they’re a vital component of your HVAC system. Loose duct joints may be wrapped with foil-backed tape, which holes and fallen ducts should be sealed with mesh, mastic paste or foil-backed tape.
For more tips on how to prepare your Fresno home’s HVAC system for the cooling months, please contact Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning.
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