Summer is in full swing! We’re deep in the heat, with no end in immediate sight. Monsoons are mixing it up, and it’s already time for the kids to head back to school. This is Phoenix summer. Let’s make sure you and your family are comfortable for the remaining months of heat. Let’s keep your cooling system operating and your home at safe temperatures when outdoor temperatures skyrocket throughout the summer!
With these HVAC maintenance tips, you’ll know exactly how to care for your cooling system throughout the summer. If you need help completing any of these tasks, contact AccuTemp Refrigeration for expert assistance!
Check your air filter. During periods of heavy cooling system use, the filter should be inspected monthly to make sure it has not become full of contaminants, dust and grime. You may find it necessary to replace it sooner than the 3-month mark during our hot summer season, so have a replacement ready just in case.
Inspect all registers and return air grilles in your home to ensure they have not been blocked or shut. These vents should never be blocked, as doing so will restrict airflow through your HVAC systems, which could create performance issues and system overheating.
Move all carpets and rugs, furniture, and other items away from vents. Check to see that vent louvers are open; if you wish to shut off cooling to unused areas of your home or building, never close more than 20 percent of the structure’s HVAC vents. If you have many unused areas, consider investing in a zoning system which will allow you to reduce energy waste while facilitating proper HVAC system performance – work with a trusted HVAC contractor to design and install zoning solutions for your home or business.
Inspect your exterior cooling equipment. Gently brush away any grass clippings and debris which have gathered on the unit. Monsoons will blow debris like crazy. Trim away vegetation that has grown around the unit. Never store outdoor furniture or other items in the area immediately surrounding the unit.
Inspect your cooling system’s drip pan and condensate drain lines for clogs. If these components become clogged with mold or algae growth, condensation from the cooling process cannot exit your home or building properly. This can cause the cooling system to malfunction, or water to back up indoors, causing water damage.
If water has backed up, clear clogs within the drip pan or condensate drain lines. Turn off power to the system for safety before doing so. Use a wet/dry vacuum to clear water from the drip pan, or use rags to soak it up. Clean the drip pan using a mild soap. Clear clogs from the condensate drain lines using your wet/dry vacuum.