5 HVAC Summer Maintenance Tips For Homeowners
It’s summertime. You’re outside enjoying the sunshine and your pool with loved ones. Imagine coming inside your home after hours spent in the Bakersfield heat and finding that your AC unit is broken. The last thing you want to worry about during summer break is added heat, especially in an area like Bakersfield; Bakersfield experiences sweltering temperature highs in the hundreds, so a reliable AC is not just a comfortable asset, but a safety one.
Spending some time conducting maintenance checks on your AC can save you money and a trip to your freezer. Here are 5 HVAC Summer maintenance tips to help you have an enjoyable, cool summer, and help you notice larger issues that you can report to a team of HVAC professionals.
Change Your HVAC Air Filter
Changing your air filter is an important part of maintaining your HVAC system’s functionality and keeping the healthy air within your home. Dirty air filters are one of the most common ways an AC unit breaks. When dirt builds up, it blocks air from flowing and can break unit parts.
Not only is your AC filter important for your HVAC summer maintenance, but so is your thermostat. Thermostat maintenance is simple; if your thermostat is not working as efficiently as it should be, replace the batteries and return it to its default settings. If it continues to malfunction no matter how many times you reset it, it may be best to purchase a new one. Finding old parts for older thermostats is harder. Be careful when switching out your thermostat. Always seek the help of a professional first.
Clear Your Vent Area
A simple way to check if air is flowing into your home the way it’s supposed to be by allowing air to reach the furnace. Return vents get blocked sometimes by pet dander, toys, furniture, and other miscellaneous items that get stuck inside. Maintaining your vent’s cleanliness helps lessen dirt, allergens, and dust from accumulating inside your vent, which would further obstruct healthy airflow. Always pay attention to your vent’s placement and keep the area around it clean.
Check For System Draining
People rarely think about system drainage when they think of their HVAC summer maintenance. Nevertheless, always check for AC system draining. Your system’s condensate line helps remove condensation made by your unit’s evaporator coil. Furthermore, always check to see if the condensate drain is free of debris and can flow. An obstructed drain may cause backup and the water may flow randomly and cause harm to the furnace or the surrounding area.