As the snow melts and cold winter days are replaced by sunshine, showers, and spring flowers, it’s time to begin the task of spring cleaning our homes and preparing for the hot summer days ahead. Often, this means cleaning out the chimneys, giving the house a thorough cleaning, touching up paint here and there outside, cleaning the carpets, professionally cleaning the windows, planting new flowers in the garden, and giving some TLC to our air conditioning units, which have been hibernating through the winter.
Checking Your AC After the Winter
We recommend doing some basic maintenance on your heating and cooling system before every winter and summer – the two seasons that tax your HVAC system the most. Understandably, harsh Cleveland winters and hot sumers cause your HVAC system to work in overdrive. When your unit is subjected to frigid temperatures for months outside, it can affect your AC system when you try to crank it on in the spring.
Before you transition from using your furnace to your air conditioning unit, you want to do a basic check first. With a little effort, you can ensure that your AC unit is running smoothly and efficiently as possible. Here’s a great way to get started:
- If there is any trash or vegetation that has blown into or against the coil, be sure to remove the debris.
- If you have tried to hide your AC unit, make sure your clever disguise has not blocked the air flow.
- Change the indoor air filters, especially after the winter when a lot more dust collects than any other season.
- Check the supply vents and return grills and make sure they don’t have any debris. Also, vacuum out any pet hair or dust that has accumulated in recent months.
- Make sure the coil drainage hose (condensate line), is properly attached, and flowing to a drain. If this plastic hose is not flowing to a drain, the tray can fill up and spill water into a basement.
Once you’ve done the above, turn on the air conditioner and make sure it works. If after a little while, you don’t feel any air coming out, or the air is not “cool,” then something is wrong and you want to shut off the AC at the thermostat.
If you wait a little while and go through the above steps again and it still doesn’t work, it’s time to call a Cleveland HVAC technician from Green Home Solutions to diagnose the problem, and take care of it so your AC is ready to run when your home needs cooling. Beware: You don’t want to leave the unit running if it’s not working – as this can cause a lot of damage.
For HVAC services in Cleveland, contact us today at (2016) 220-4527!