As a homeowner, there are a few easy steps you can take to get the most out of your heating and cooling systems. Just as you can perform some basic checks for your furnace during the heating, there are little things you can do during the cooling season for your air conditioner. While the technical stuff should be left to qualified technicians, there are some steps you can take to ensure your cooling system is working like it should. Here is your spring checklist to tackle before firing up your air conditioner so you can enjoy your Calgary summer in comfort.
If you covered your outdoor air conditioning unit with a cover last fall once the temperatures began to cool, now is the time to remove it. Some homeowners choose to place covers to protect the unit from snow and debris, but a cover is not necessary. All outdoor A/C equipment from leading manufacturers is built to withstand the elements. Before turning on the system in the spring, remember to remove the cover. Otherwise the system can overheat, be damaged, and result in a costly repair.
Clear off any dirt, dust, or leaves that have gathered on top of the unit and brush away debris from the outer case with a soft-bristle brush. You can also vacuum the outer case on low power with a soft brush, but careful around the unit and do not touch the condensing coil. The condensing coil can be very easily damaged and bent, so it is highly recommended to schedule a professional air conditioning maintenance service to clean them. It is recommended that the homeowner keep the area around the unit clear of debris, leaves, bushes, and so on. It is always a good idea to shut off the A/C unit while you clean it.
When something is not quite right with your home’s A/C system, it may emit strange sounds. Pay attention to what the sound is, and when you hear it. Do you hear banging? A component may be loose. Squealing could indicate a problem with the motor. Make note of the sound and let your technician know. This can help your technician identify the issue and get it taken care of before the warm weather arrives.
Change the air filter regularly. Not only does a clean filter improve indoor air quality in the home by trapping dust, dirt, and contaminants, but it improves the efficiency of your residential cooling system. Filters should be checked at least every three months to see if they should be changed out for a clean filter.
All that’s left is to schedule your Annual A/C Performance Tune-Up! Contact Distinct Heating & Cooling today to book your tune-up, because summer is just around the corner!