Springtime is reserved for opening the windows, pulling out the porch furniture, setting up the garden, and yes—scheduling springtime AC maintenance. Anyone who is concerned with HVAC in Sewell, NJ must know that air conditioners are not supposed to function year after year without routine maintenance. If you’re one of the homeowners that’s at least a little intrigued as to what “air conditioning maintenance” means, then you’re starting to ask the right questions!
While AC maintenance is a specific service that HVAC contractors like us provide, it should be combined with several tips and tricks that you can do for your air conditioner as you pull it out of hibernation and get it ready for the scorching summer to come.
Not sure of what you could be doing to prepare for summer? Well, that’s what we’re here for!
What You Can Do
There’s a big difference between what you as a homeowner can do for your system and what a trained HVAC professional can do. You should never be unscrewing bolts or opening up electrical panels to look at the inside of your air conditioner. This could cause damage that you will eventually need to have repaired. Instead, let’s leave that to the professionals and take a look at what you can do.
Replace the Air Filter
The air filter is vital for the functionality of your air conditioner. If you want to do what’s best for the system, changing the air filter is the first place your mind should go. Hold on, if you’re wondering, “But you just told me not to open up anything on my system,” then you’re correct, but an air filter is supposed to be changed out by homeowners. Since it should be replaced every 1-3 months, it’s important that homeowners are the ones to change them out.
Clean Around the System
If you haven’t noticed, your air conditioner has been weathering the storms, winds, and debris that we’ve had in our area all on its own. If you start up your system now without any cleaning or at least a quick look around the outdoor unit of your air conditioner, it could have some problems. It’s a good rule of thumb to clean at least two feet around your air conditioner so that any pebbles, dirt, sticks, or critters are removed and your AC can ventilate air without anything blocking it.
Perhaps the most important thing you can do for your air conditioner this spring is to schedule professional maintenance with a member of our team. Maintenance provides an opportunity for a trained technician to inspect your system, provide minor adjustments and repairs, as well as lubricate ball bearings and other components to ensure a smooth return to functionality and efficiency. If you’re worried about the state your AC is in, calling a professional for a routine maintenance visit can be an easy way for them to give you the green light that everything looks fine—or to discuss your options if they’re worried yours won’t make it through the season.
Take advantage of our maintenance program by scheduling service with SPS Mechanical Inc. Comfort at your service.