Summer is here, which means time spent outside with family and friends. You don’t want to spend all that valuable time worrying about your air conditioner. In the end, spending a small amount of time doing basic checks on your system could save you both time and money.
Here are some simple maintenance tips to help you get through the summer and identify problems for a professional to handle.
Change your air filter
Switching out your air filter is an essential part of keeping your HVAC system functional and your home filled with healthy air. A dirty air filter is one of the most, if not the most, common reason a system breaks down. Accumulated dirt will block air from flowing, and in turn damage integral parts to the safety and function of your furnace. Lack of adequate airflow can cause a range of problems that can become extremely costly.
Check your thermostat
Your thermostat is one of the most important components of your HVAC system. When it’s properly selected for your system, sending a signal, and set to the right temperature, it’s your greatest and simplest asset in living comfortably. Maintenance of a thermostat is pretty easy: if it’s acting up, replace the batteries and return it to your preferred settings. If for some reason it’s malfunctioning all the time no matter how many times you try to reset it, it might be worth purchasing a new one instead of spending money on repairs. Particularly with older models, it’s hard to find parts, and it’s worth the long-term added value to replace it. Be cautious, though, as improperly changing out a thermostat can cause unwanted problems. When in doubt, call an IWantSmart contractor.
Clear the area around the vent
One of the easiest ways to make sure air is flowing into your home properly is by allowing air to get to the furnace. Return vents can become blocked by furniture, pet dander, and toys that could become lodged inside. Keeping your vents clean will also decrease dirt, dust, and allergens finding their way inside your vents and further blocking airflow. Overall, be wary of your vent placement and keep the surrounding area clean.
Check if the system is draining
This is probably the most commonly overlooked part of HVAC maintenance, yet the most frequent as temperatures rise. The condensate line is important in removing condensation produced by your AC’s evaporator coil. Make sure the condensate drain is clear of debris and can flow freely. A blocked or obstructed drain can cause a backup, and the water will flow from the pan and take an unintended path causing damage to the furnace and the surrounding floor.
Call a professional
Ultimately, the only sure-fire way to know how to resolve a problem is to contact a professional HVAC technician. I Want Smart’s technicians are put through thorough training and equipped with the knowledge to solve any problem you throw their way, allowing you to stay cool this summer.