With the arrival of spring in sight, now’s the ideal time to schedule a maintenance checkup with a trusted HVAC pro to ensure that your equipment keeps your home comfortable throughout the cooling season. The Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Star program offers a handy spring HVAC checklist as a guide on what routine maintenance should cover.
Tasks Your HVAC Technician Should Tackle
A skilled and experienced technician should take these steps during a spring inspection, cleaning, and tuneup of your home’s cooling system:
- Checking the functionality and accuracy of the thermostat to ensure optimal comfort and energy savings whether you’re home or away.
- Lubricating all the moving parts in the system’s motors to prevent damaging friction and unnecessarily high electricity consumption.
- Inspecting and cleaning the condensate drain system to ensure that it’s flowing freely, which helps avert damaging water backups and humidity control issues.
- Assessing the various system controls to make sure everything is running safely and properly. Checking the system’s start up cycle as well, to ensure that it starts, runs and shuts down as it should.
- Verifying correct current and voltage on the motors, and tightening the electrical connections. This keeps the system operating safely and helps prevent the premature failure of key components.
- Cleaning the condenser and evaporator coils. Running a system with clean coils can avert a decline in cooling efficiency, and extra strain and wear that increases energy consumption and shortens the equipment’s lifespan.
- Measuring the refrigerant level and topping it up if necessary to meet the manufacturer’s specifications. Having the right amount of refrigerant maintains the system’s operating efficiency and helps prolong the components’ service life.
- Cleaning and making needed adjustments to the blower unit and replacing the system’s air filter. These two steps help preserve vital airflow through the system so it runs reliably and efficiently. During the cooling season, you should follow up with monthly filter checks and replacements whenever the filter looks dirty.
To learn more about the maintenance tasks included on our spring HVAC checklist, or to schedule service in your Long Island home, contact us at Cool Power.
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