Once the air conditioning season has drawn to a close, what are some seasonal maintenance steps that should be taken so that your air conditioning unit is in top shape when spring and summer return? Please read on to learn more.
On Your Own
As at the start of the cooling season, regular maintenance steps can be taken to protect your air conditioning unit from cooler temperatures and harsher weather conditions until you will need it again when temperatures rise. As an easy reminder, these can occur around the time you call an HVAC professional to schedule your biyearly performance check. As a matter of routine, the filter for your HVAC system should be changed every one to three months, depending on the level of dust, pet dander, and other allergens that may be present in your home’s everyday environment. After the power has been safely shut off from the outdoor unit, any dirt, leaves, or other plant matter can be gently cleaned from the condenser fins.
Conditions to Consider
Some manufacturers make vinyl covers to protect the unit from rain and other moisture that can gather on the exterior of the unit during the off season and may cause rust. Hail may also be a concern that can cause damage to the exterior HVAC unit. Plywood used atop the unit can be an option to prevent autumn leaves from falling into your air conditioner. However, some manufacturers do not recommend covering the unit, as it can seal in moisture you are trying to keep out. Also, it is possible that a covered unit may become a home for outdoor pests that can cause additional damage to the condenser. It is always a good idea to consult the user manual for your HVAC components to consider safety precautions, to read what specific seasonal maintenance your unit’s manufacturer recommends, and to maintain the manufacturer warranty.
Time to Call the Experts
Before warm daily temperatures return, you will want to call a licensed HVAC professional to inspect your air conditioner and assure that it is still in good working condition after the dormant winter season. Such an inspection is likely part of the yearly service contract with the heating and cooling company. Actions such as checking the motor and fan, testing electrical connections, and checking refrigerant levels are likely part of this professional inspection.
To learn more about air conditioner maintenance, or to schedule a seasonal performance check, please contact the professionals of Expert Air and Refrigeration at (512) 255-6525.