Is your HVAC system summer ready?
You’ve probably heard the joke that in Florida there are only two seasons: hot and hotter. While this may not be completely true, with summer just around the corner so is the ‘hotter.’ Before that time, take note of some important steps to leverage the best out of your HVAC system all through the long Florida summer.
- Change out your filters
A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you cool. We know this, but sometimes it stops being a priority. The problem is that once the filter clogs up with dust, it begins to restrict air flow, which hampers the efficiency of the machine and can circulate dust throughout your home.
- Clean any obvious debris from the outside (condenser) unit
Over the course of the year your air conditioner’s condenser may have collected dust, leaves and other debris that can degrade its performance. Anything that obstructs the flow of air will cut down the condenser’s efficiency. You can remove obvious debris yourself, but before you do make sure you shut off the power through your circuit breaker and special disconnect box next to the unit.
- Have the inside of the unit cleaned and maintained.
This is a job for an air conditioning maintenance expert who will give your machine a thorough inspection to make sure everything is operating as it should and that the internal parts are clean and undamaged. That should include fan and motor, evaporator coil, heating assembly (if appropriate), electrical, thermostat and more. Your A/C unit can lose up to five percent efficiency each year that it isn’t properly maintained.
- Get coolant lines checked.
This is also something your HVAC provider needs to do. The refrigerant tubes or pipes that run from the evaporator on the air handler to the condenser outside are typically covered with foam coolant line insulation to prevent them from losing energy. If is frayed or missing it needs to be replaced, and if the system is low on coolant it needs to be filled.
The service technicians at Custom Climate Concepts are specialists in getting your HVAC system ready to beat the heat. Contact us today at 941-955-COOL (2665).