13 May Summer HVAC Maintenance Tips
Summer is coming. Long days, high temperatures, and humidity can have you running for the cool air conditioned atmosphere inside your home. However, these same factors that make you uncomfortable also make it difficult for your HVAC to operate through another summer in Nashville, TN.
Preventative maintenance basically means you work on your system before anything goes wrong. The whole point of this is to keep any small problems from getting out of hand and causing your HVAC to go out when you need it most.
Your HVAC provided you with essential heat all winter. And now the systems are going to reverse and air conditioning will be its essential service for next season. So how do you keep your machine running smoothly?
Top Tips to Keep Your HVAC System Running in Nashville, TN
- Replace Your Air Filter
- Keep Your Outdoor Unit Clean
- Check The Wires
- Check For Leaks
- Adjust Your Settings
- Routine Maintenance
Replace Your Air Filter
The air filter inside your home has a surprisingly important job. It’s easy to overlook. The filter is hidden in a compartment behind a grate so you never actually see it unless you make a conscious effort to check it.
But don’t be fooled. These filters are incredibly important not only to the quality of air you breathe inside your home, but also to the lifespan of your HVAC unit.
A dirty air filter makes it more difficult for your HVAC unit to do its job. Imagine breathing through a thick sweater compared to breathing normally. You’re not going to get as much air through the sweater so you’re going to have to work harder to get the same effect. This is also what happens to your HVAC unit when your air filter is clogged. And this overworking can put a strain on your unit.
Clean Outdoor Unit
Much like the indoor filter, the HVAC unit outside your home needs to be clear of debris. Make sure there are no leaves stuck to the grates or the fans. These will again make it harder for your HVAC to do its work and eventually lead to overworking the unit.
Weeds and grass can become overgrown. And even though they might seem thin, light, and harmless they can block the necessary grates to keep your HVAC unit working smoothly.
Make it a habit to periodically check your outdoor unit and clear any obstructions that have built up.
Check Your Wires
Any wiring work should be done by a professional. However, you can check your wiring to make sure everything is working the way it should. Your thermostat will likely pop off without much fuss. This gives you access to the wiring behind the unit. Check to see if any of the connections have dark marks around them. Are there any weird scents coming from the area? Bad wiring can create fire dangers that typically smell like burning plastic.
If you’re not sure if something seems off, it’s best to just call a professional. Wiring systems can be complicated and incredibly dangerous so you don’t want to take any chances.
Check for Leaks
Your windows, doors, and vents are all possible areas for air leaks. You might only think about air leaks on your tires but they are important to the operation of your HVAC unit as well. Any air leak can do double damage depending on the time of day and location of the leak. They can either let cold air out of your home or allow warm air to come in.
Both of these situations make it more difficult for your HVAC unit to stabilize the temperature within your home. Seal these leaks to keep your HVAC unit from working overtime and creating more wear on the machine.
Adjust Your Settings
A smart thermostat will allow you to keep your home at the optimal temperature throughout the day. What’s the point in running your unit at a high level when you’re away at work all day? These can be set to relax during the day and get the rooms back to the appropriate temperature by the time you return.
In some cases, you may see a thermostat with no display. You can’t control your HVAC without it. So, if you go to your digital thermostat one day to turn on the AC or change its programming only to discover that the display screen showing a total blank, we explain here what to check for if your thermostat has no display.
But even if you don’t have a smart thermostat, you should adjust your settings from where they were over the winter. Set your air conditioning to a point of comfort, but not any further. Continually pushing the unit will only create unnecessary stress and reduce its lifespan.
Call the Professionals
A yearly check-up from the professionals at Mid-State Air Conditioning Heating & Plumbing will ensure the aspects of your system are ready to handle another Nashville, TN summer. Give us a call today and set up your HVAC preventative maintenance.