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8 Ways To Prep Your HVAC Unit For Spring

February 14, 2024 | Blog

Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips For Meridian

When spring has sprung, so does your household cleaning list. Air conditioning maintenance is essential to keep your HVAC unit cooling your home, so this is the perfect time to show it some care in return.

Preparing your system and scheduling an AC tune-up before the season changes will keep it operating at its best by lowering utility bills, improving energy use and preventing breakdowns. These eight simple steps from Heblon Heating & Air Conditioning will make sure your system is ready for anything during our Mississippi heat!

1. Schedule Spring HVAC Maintenance

One of the easiest and most important ways to prepare your cooling system for spring and summer is to schedule seasonal tune-ups. Professional AC unit spring maintenance can prevent up to 80% of breakdowns, create a healthy environment for your home and lengthen the life expectancy of your unit.

Getting your tune-up in the spring prepares your system for the hot Meridian summer. Not only is your unit’s efficiency increased, but there’s less of a chance of it breaking down and leaving you vulnerable to scorching temperatures. All you need to do is schedule your next service visit with Heblon Heating & Air Conditioning.

2. Change Air And HVAC Filters

Air filters are responsible for catching debris, allergens and other particles, so when they aren’t cleaned properly, those bits start circulating in the air you breathe.

The air filters in your house are most effective when changed at least once every 30 days — especially if you have an indoor pet. During months of increased usage, more regular cleaning could be needed to prevent your filters from getting clogged.

Maintaining this cleaning routine helps ensure that you breathe clean air and your system does not overwork due to a dirty filter. An overworked air conditioner will cost you more in utility bills, repairs and premature system replacement.

3. Clean Home Air Ducts

Your ducts are not something you want to let get dirty. Dust, dirt, mold, fungi and mildew can build up in your home’s ductwork throughout the year. If left there, they will recirculate in the house where you will inhale them daily. They can also build up to the point that they impact airflow to and from your AC unit.

Caring for the ducts and vents throughout your home is a great way to remove any toxic substances from your home’s air.

4. Clean Around The AC Unit

Many things can be collected in and around your outdoor cooling system throughout the year. Any leaves, branches, nests, animals or other debris near and inside the unit should be removed to keep a clear two-foot radius surrounding it.

If you use a condenser cover to protect the AC during winter, that should also be removed before starting your system.

Cleaning around your outdoor AC unit will help it maintain a proper airflow and prevent expensive repairs caused by the debris.

5. Look For Damage On HVAC System

While you are cleaning the unit, look for any signs of wear or damage. HVAC systems have a lot of metal components that may crack or corrode during the winter, especially if yours is an older unit.

Any internal damage usually forms holes or leaks, which can result in a variety of other problems. External damage — like dents or scratches — is usually cosmetic but should be inspected and repaired by a professional to prevent further issues.

6. Check Your Thermostat

Comparing how your air conditioner performs with different thermostat settings is an easy way to check for any cooling issues.

If you find yourself adjusting the thermostat more than usual or receiving higher energy bills without changing the temperature, there is an issue. Your thermostat may need new batteries, reprogramming or replacement.

7. Test Out AC System

After cleaning and checking over your system, turn on your cooling unit. Let it run for a few minutes and see if it is circulating air and cooling your home properly. If it seems to be working correctly, great!

If not, turn your AC off and call our team for a system tune-up. Heblon’s technicians are experienced in identifying specific issues with HVAC systems, so if there’s a problem, we can make sure it’s found.

8. Check Home Insulation

Your AC is far from the only determining factor for your home’s temperature. If your house has poor insulation, precious cool air will go right out the door, putting strain on your HVAC system and costing you money.

No matter how efficient your unit is, it won’t do you good if the cool air it produces goes to waste.

During your spring HVAC prep, you should check around your windows, doors and walls for gaps or cracks. Any spot with poor insulation is a detriment to your HVAC system and should be fixed as soon as possible.

Get An AC Tune-Up In Meridian

Every year can be that much more comfortable when you schedule regular service visits with professional technicians. Heblon Heating & Air Conditioning knows how to take your HVAC system to the next level while also spotting and solving issues before they get out of control.

For over 20 years, we’ve worked hard to serve Meridian residents according to the highest standards in the industry, with as little stress as possible.

Ready to enjoy spring and summer stress-free? Contact Heblon today to schedule a precision tune-up and learn about our SHIELD Membership Protection Plan. Let us take the heat off you!

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