Spring is here, but as an Ohio resident, you still have some time to get your residential HVAC system ready for the heat of the upcoming months. Now is the best time to prepare and go through your spring HVAC checklist while the weather isn’t constantly hot. To make it easier on you, your Clayton-Englewood Heating & Cooling family has compiled a list for our customers:
Did You Make an Appointment for Your Spring Maintenance Check?
It is essential to have your air conditioning system serviced for its spring tune-up & safety check! It is common for homeowners to believe that seasonal maintenance checks are unnecessary if everything is working fine with no issues. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Both parts of your HVAC system should be serviced once a year before the start of the season if possible. Doing this ensures your system is functioning smoothly and there are no underlying issues that can turn into even more extensive problems down the road. As a bonus, getting your spring maintenance check every year also keeps your manufacturer’s warranty active. This sounds like a no-brainer to us! There is still plenty of time left; call us today, and we will get you booked for an appointment as soon as possible!
Did You Take Off the Outdoor AC Cover & Clean the Area around the Outdoor Unit?
Now that you have your appointment on the calendar, you can do a few things yourself in the meantime to set your HVAC system up for success. First, if you keep a cover on your outdoor unit to protect it during the harsh winter months, you will want to remove that immediately and store it for next winter. This may sound like a nonsensical step, but it is easily forgotten. After you’ve done that, it is also crucial that the area around the outdoor unit is kept clean and clear of any obstruction or loose debris. Perhaps, there is an untamed amount of plant growth in the vicinity. If so, you’ll want to clear the area of these and other leaf piles or vegetation. We recommend this because once your air conditioner unit is turned on, it sucks in the air around it, and if there is any loose debris or items, they could potentially be sucked in and caught up in the fan blades.
Did You Check Your Air Filters?
If you’re not new to the Clayton-Englewood Heating & Cooling family, you have probably heard us say it before. But changing out your air filters regularly is so important! It is especially important to do so in the spring and summer months when pollen and other allergens are high. During this time of the year, it is normal for your air filters to get fuller much faster than they usually do.
Did You Check Your Ductwork?
If you have any exposed ductwork within your home, it would be good to perform a quick walk-through and inspect them for any holes, openings, or normal wear and tear. Since the central air travels through the ducts, you want to make sure that the air is not escaping and will be able to get distributed evenly throughout your home. Should you find any holes, make sure to take note of the areas that need repairing and seal them up accordingly.
Did You Clean the Drainage Hole?
When your air conditioning unit is not used during the winter, the drainage hole can get clogged with dust particles and other contaminants. The drainage hole is a part of the cooling system that redirects condensation away from the unit providing the condensation with a proper place to drain. So the last thing you want is for the drainage hole to have gotten clogged, which can lead to a backup of water once you turn the air conditioning unit on. So stay two steps ahead of a potential disaster by checking the drainage hole before utilizing your air conditioner. Easy peasy!
Do You Leave Your Windows and Doors Open?
If you’re the type of person that enjoys leaving your windows and doors open to let some fresh air in, we get it! A little fresh air never hurt anybody. However, it is good to be aware that constantly leaving your windows and doors open can strain your HVAC system. When windows and doors are left open for long periods of time, warm air is allowed inside the house, leading to the cooling unit overworking itself in an unfeasible attempt to keep your home cooled. In addition, doing this also enables pollen and allergens to enter your home more freely.
Continue your HVAC journey with your local Clayton-Englewood Heating & Cooling service professionals. We work hard to care for our customers and ensure we leave your residential HVAC system in better shape than we found it. So whether you need to schedule your spring maintenance check, or perhaps you suspect there’s an issue with your HVAC system, call today, and we will work to find a resolution for you! Contact us at (937) 412-2911, or schedule an appointment online by clicking here!