Spring is a season, if not the season, for cleaning and maintenance. This especially applies to your HVAC system. After all, spring is a season of change for your HVAC equipment. You're probably scaling down the use of your heating system if you're not done with it entirely — while also preparing to use the air conditioner in a few more weeks. So, what should your spring HVAC maintenance plans include? Here are the key elements.
Cleaning the AC Units
Both the outdoor compressor and the indoor evaporator coil should be cleaned as a part of your spring HVAC maintenance. The indoor coil can be sprayed down with coil cleaner. The outdoor unit can be hosed out, and then the fins can be straightened for improved efficiency. Your HVAC service should also clean the condensate drain and condensate drain tube. These components like to accumulate algae and grime, and if you don't clean them, they might clog later in the AC season.
Changing the Filter
In most HVAC systems, the furnace and AC unit send air through the same filter. So, since your filter is probably currently clogged up with dirt and dust from the heating season, now is a good time to replace it. A new filter will ensure your AC system is able to run efficiently once summer comes. It will also protect your system from dirt buildup.
There are a lot of moving parts in both your furnace and your air conditioner. Keeping these parts well-lubricated will reduce friction between them, which will protect against wear and tear. An HVAC contractor will know exactly what parts to lubricate. While they are doing this, they will also check over the parts for wear and tear. If a part has begun to show signs of wear, replacing it this early can help prevent a complete HVAC breakdown.
Terminal Inspection and Cleaning
Finally, your HVAC contractor should look over the electrical connections associated with your furnace and air conditioner. These connections should be free from rust or corrosion. If they do have any signs of corrosion, your contractor can turn off the power and either clean or replace the affected components.
Spring is a great time to maintain both your furnace and your air conditioner. The above work is the key work that your HVAC contractor will do during this appointment. They might throw in a few other procedures, based on your specific system's needs.