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HVAC Maintenance: Prepare Your AC for the Summer

As the weather gets warmer, it reminds us that the time to turn on your air conditioner is approaching. Therefore, beginning your HVAC maintenance is important to ensure that your air conditioner works efficiently to cool your home. If you neglect its maintenance, it may lead to breakdowns and high energy bills. Investing in HVAC maintenance can help you prevent these issues. 

What Are the Components of the HVAC System?

The Blower Motor

The blower motor is crucial in circulating the air within your home. It accomplishes this by turning on your air conditioner's fan. Without the blower motor, the air would not be able to circulate, causing your home to feel stuffy and uncomfortable. Therefore, it's important to ensure that the blower motor functions correctly to maintain proper air circulation and keep your home comfortable.

The Condenser Coil

Your air conditioner uses refrigerant to cool your home. The refrigerant is cooled by the condenser coil located outside your outdoor air conditioning unit. This coil removes the heat from the refrigerant and allows it to cool down before it is cycled back into your home to continue the cooling process. It's important to keep the condenser coil clean and free of debris to ensure that your air conditioning system operates efficiently.

The Vents and Air Ducts

The HVAC system uses air ducts to transport air to the cooling unit and vents to circulate the cool air throughout the home. The air ducts guide the air to the cooling portion of the HVAC system, where the refrigerant cools and is then returned to the vents. The vents then cause the cool air to circulate throughout the home so that each room can receive its share of cool air while the air conditioner runs. Proper maintenance of the air ducts and vents is crucial for the efficient operation of the HVAC system and the overall comfort of your home.

What Are the Signs that the AC Needs Maintenance?

The Air Conditioner Blows Warm Air.

If your air conditioner blows warm air, it's time for HVAC maintenance. Have it inspected by a professional technician to prevent further issues and keep it running efficiently.

The Coils Are Dirty.

It is essential to clean the coils of your air conditioner every once in a while. If you fail to do so, residue accumulates on the evaporator coils. This buildup prevents the air conditioner from effectively removing heat from the air, causing warm air to blow through the vents instead.

The Air Conditioner Turns On and Off Frequently.

Short-cycling is a term for a situation in which your air conditioner turns on and off too frequently. This can lead to an increase in your energy bills and cause strain on your air conditioning system. The increased strain can significantly reduce the lifespan of your HVAC system. Therefore, ensuring that your air conditioning system is well-maintained is important to avoid short-cycling.

A Pre-Summer HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Change the Filter.

The filter prevents dust and other debris from entering the HVAC system. Before you switch on your HVAC system for the first time, it's important to check if the filter is dirty. If it is, you should change it right away.

Clean the Vents.

Ensuring your vents are clean is crucial in preparing your HVAC system for summer, as dirty vents can cause reduced airflow.

Clean the Areas Around the Compressor.

Debris around the outdoor compressor of an AC unit can reduce its efficiency. Keep the area clean for better performance.

The Importance of Professional HVAC Maintenance

One of the best ways to maximize the efficiency of your HVAC system and extend its lifespan is by scheduling routine professional maintenance. This will ensure optimal system functioning and help identify and address any potential issues before they become major problems. Therefore, it's advisable to have a skilled technician inspect and service your HVAC unit regularly.  

Routine HVAC maintenance keeps your HVAC system performing at its best for the longest period. This keeps your energy bills from increasing and prevents you from needing to replace your HVAC system as often as it would need it without maintenance. For these reasons, make sure that you contact us at Master Mechanical before it gets too hot!