Summer HVAC Maintenance

Summer is here and warmer temperatures are in our future. Now is the time to start paying attention to your air conditioner.

It is never wise to fire up a heating and cooling system without performing a few, important maintenance checks. Since your AC has probably been out of the commission for the last 5-6 months, there is no telling what could be going on behind the scenes. The last thing you need is the fan motor, condenser, or evaporator faulting out on a 90-degree day.

Essential tips for protecting your AC this year

Trust us, this can and has happened to many poor souls! This is why Walnut Creek always adheres to the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” With that, here is a brief overview of what you need to do to ensure your AC blows ice-cold air like it should be!

Air filter replacements take about 5 minutes (at the most ) to complete, but are the differentiating factor between HVAC systems that go on to live a long, happy, healthy life, and those that breakdown prematurely, ultimately costing you hundreds to thousands in unexpected repair bills.

Therefore, you are much better off swapping out your furnace filter right away, preferably with a HEPA model. Aside from reducing your air conditioner’s efficiency upwards of 15%, restricted airflow due to a dirty or clogged filter will compel your AC to work much harder. It does not take a genius to realize that this is not OK. Honestly, that investment is one of the best things you can do.

Clean the unit for clear airflow

The only way your outdoor air conditioning unit is going to breathe freely is if it is free from surrounding debris. Make it a point to keep the vicinity clear of vegetation. Mow the lawn regularly and keep weeds, branches, and any other hindrances at bay.

The general rule of thumb is to leave a two-foot window on all sides of the AC unit. Once done, take the time to rinse the device with water. Clean the outer casing and fan blades; remove the top cover for unobstructed access.

Next up is a job best left to the professionals at Walnut Creek; your AC system’s drain can become clogged with debris, and thus must be cleaned regularly as well. Every component plays a vital role in optimal system performance, so feel free to get in touch with one of our technicians today. Scheduled summer maintenance saves money and safeguards your air conditioner!

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