As warmer weather is coming, a couple of HVAC changes may be, too. Texas homeowners are turning off the furnace and finally starting to open the windows to let that fresh spring air in. First off, preparation day. This is the day when you have to turn on your air conditioning system for the first time in a while. It is going to happen eventually, and if the summer is anywhere near as hot as it has been in previous years, that day may possibly come a lot sooner than expected. With this in mind, it’s a smart decision to get AC maintenance out of the way first to ensure you’re not met with any initial problems and to avoid potential breakdowns in the hottest part of the summer.
In this post, our Rockwall air conditioning technicians at Lyons Air & Heat provide some spring maintenance tips that you can do as a homeowner to ensure your air conditioning unit is prepared for the hot summer ahead.
Clear Surrounding Area
Many things can change around your yard in the months you’re not using your AC unit. Just as you would for your home, you should take time for a spring cleaning of your air conditioning system. Visually inspect the surrounding area of your outdoor unit and clear the area of any shrubs, plants, weeds, bushes, or other debris that has gathered there during the winter months. Clearing the area around the air conditioner helps make sure that the AC unit can get enough air to cool the house and keep debris from entering the HVAC system, potentially causing major problems.
Test AC Early
Sometime between March and April, it is good practice to turn the AC unit on and let it run for about an hour (minimum). This will ensure it is working properly and if Rockwall AC repair or maintenance is in order. This way, there is plenty of time to schedule that maintenance or repair before the blistering heat sets in. After all, it’s much better to be able to get the air conditioner fixed on your own time instead of getting into an emergency situation in the terribly hot heat.
Check Air Filter
Some air filters need to be changed yearly, while others are permanent and require regular cleaning. Whichever case it may be, a dirty air filter can be a major problem. Energy usage will increase with dirty filters and can cause much greater problems for you and your family, like a frozen evaporator coil, poor indoor air quality, a lack of cool air, and many other issues. Make sure you maintain and/or change your air filter earlier in the year and clear the filter of any debris that may cause issues later on.
It’s important that you check the refrigerant level in your air conditioner. Low Freon may be a sign of a leakage, which could potentially be a major problem. Low Freon levels will decrease the lifespan of an air conditioner compressor, which is the main component of all AC units. If your levels are low, schedule a Freon recharge to prevent overheating.
This one may seem like common sense, but be sure to check that the air conditioner thermostat is set on the “cooling” mode. Make sure the temperature is below room temperature to ensure the air conditioner turns on automatically. For better control over your home’s temperature, consider installing a smart thermostat or a programmable thermostat. To learn more about the benefits of these types of thermostats, reach out to our Rockwall thermostat service experts today.
AC Basic Maintenance
It is a good idea to call a trusted HVAC professional to do some basic preventative maintenance before the heat sets in. A trained HVAC service technician is able to check all of the above as well as complete more technical maintenance and troubleshooting if needed. They will also inspect the indoor air quality of your home as well as check for any air leaks that may be causing your HVAC system to work harder than necessary. Call Lyons Air & Heat today for a free inspection!
Ask About Our Annual HVAC Maintenance Program
Regular inspections and maintenance are crucial for all heating and cooling systems, whether it’s a brand new unit or it’s been around for years now. It is highly recommended that you take a preventive approach when it comes to your HVAC unit by receiving routine maintenance in order to save on heating and cooling bills and potentially costly repairs.
At Lyons Air & Heat, we know it can be hard to remember to schedule routine maintenance twice a year, so we made it easier on you by offering a convenient HVAC maintenance program called the Cool Club! When you sign up for the Cool Club, you’ll experience a range of benefits including but not limited to:
- Priority service
- Priority scheduling
- Precision tune-up twice a year (one for heating system and one for AC)
- HVAC units will be cleaned, adjusted, and checked for proper operation
- Heating and cooling system safety checks
- Code compliance checks
- Professional maintenance tasks
- Free air filter replacements
- Special discounts on HVAC repairs
- No overtime or after-hours charges
You can be certain that you will remember to keep up with your yearly tune-ups in the future by joining the Cool Club today. We’ll assist you in keeping track of when essential maintenance is required and schedule a prompt service appointment to inspect your air conditioning system as the temperatures rise and you prepare for the height of the cooling season.
Call the Rockwall HVAC Professionals at Lyons Air & Heat Today
When the hot weather arrives, you want to be sure your AC unit is running efficiently and effectively, and the best way to do that is to follow the spring AC maintenance tips listed above. Not only will this ensure your system is prepared for those hot summer days, but it will also reduce your energy costs and improve your home’s indoor air quality.