As the year progresses and the temperatures rise, many homeowners begin relying on their AC systems. But after a long winter, is your system ready to meet those warm weather demands?
Air Tech of Houston AC & Plumbing is here to help you make sure your HVAC unit is running well for the upcoming season. Read on to learn the steps you can take to prepare your heating and cooling system for warmer weather.
1. Remove Unit Cover
If you chose to cover your outdoor unit during the winter, now’s the time to uncover it. It is not recommended to run your air conditioner while it is covered since this affects its efficiency. Whether you’ve invested in a custom system cover or practiced ingenuity by topping your unit with plywood, remove the cover and store it away.
2. Clear Vegetation
To lessen the risk of damage and keep your outdoor air conditioning components running smoothly, clear the area around the unit. Make sure your AC is getting adequate airflow by cutting back any grass or shrubbery to a distance of at least two feet. Also, make sure no branches are hanging lower than five feet above your HVAC system
3. Inspect Cabinet and Level
Once the area around your AC is clear of debris, take the time to assess the condition of your unit. Check for damage, missing parts or rust and take note if your home’s system is not sitting level. If you notice any damage or the entire unit is sitting crooked, contact our team to schedule HVAC maintenance.
4. Replace or Repair Pipe Insulation
Your refrigerant line runs from the condenser into your house. This line should be insulated with a foam sleeve or insulation tape. Note: only the larger copper suction line needs insulation, not the smaller line. Repair or replace the insulation if it is missing or damaged.
5. Check for Line Leaks
Your AC might have sustained damage during the winter months. If your unit is leaking, contact a professional right away. Since your air conditioning system utilizes refrigerant, this is not the time for a DIY repair – only trained technicians should work around this product.
6. Clean Exterior Unit
Before cleaning your unit, turn off the power at the unit or breaker box. Following the manufacturer’s guidelines, remove the top and then clear any leaves and debris from the bottom. Aiming from the inside, use your garden hose to push build-up off the fins and away from the unit. Do not use a pressure washer as this could cause damage to the system.
7. Change Air Filter
A clogged air filter can seem to cancel out the hard work you’ve done cleaning your outside unit. Your system can be in great working order, but a dirty air filter can force it to work harder. Make sure you’re routinely replacing your air filter to ensure your system runs at its best.
8. Test Your Thermostat
Double-check that you’ve turned the power back on to the system, near the unit or at the breaker box. Set your thermostat a few degrees cooler than the current temperature and wait for up to 5 minutes for the system to turn on. If the HVAC system doesn’t start or isn’t sending out cool air, reach out to us at Air Tech of Houston AC & Plumbing for inspection and repairs.
9. Schedule Seasonal Tune-Up
While you can clean and prepare your air conditioner unit for warmer temperatures yourself, some aspects should be left in the hands of professionals. For instance, refrigerant leaks, broken parts and electrical damage should never be considered DIYs. Our team, backed by years of hands-on experience, is here to give you top-quality HVAC services. Schedule your seasonal AC tune-up with us today.
Trust Air Tech of Houston AC & Plumbing
Preparing your air conditioner for warmer weather yourself is not a project for every homeowner. Rest assured that our team is here to help you get your AC up and running for those warmer days ahead. You can trust us to inspect and prepare your unit in a timely and efficient manner.
Contact us today!