Do you really need AC Maintenance in the Spring?
Spring maintenance is much more than clearing out debris and spraying your outdoor unit down with a hose. Like your car or any other piece of equipment, your AC needs to have professional service check and test your system to be sure it is working to specifications. With a little TLC at the beginning and end of each cooling season will help to make your ac system last and be a solid investment.
The Virginia summer months are quickly approaching and maintenance season will soon be coming to an end. You don’t want to wait to discover that there’s something potentially serious going on with your system when you actually need your AC to keep you and your family comfortable in the hot and humid Virginia weather.
Allow Virginia Air Heating & Cooling to highlight some of the simpler aspects of spring maintenance that can be performed by you, the homeowner, and then our technicians will perform the services we are trained to do.
Home Maintenance Checklist for Homeowners
Clear Away the Growth & Debris – If the area around your unit is in need of a trim, you’ll need to take care of this chore before the summer hits and keep it maintained while your AC is in use. If you attempted to hide an unsightly AC with bushes and shrubs, you’re going to want to make sure that they aren’t crowding your outdoor unit preventing it from sucking in air through the coils all around the sides of the unit. You don’t want the pollen from the plants to collect and stick to the coils. From a professional perspective, you might want to remove them altogether.
Check and Replace Your Air Filters – We really hope you are doing this on a monthly basis. This may be especially true if you’ve got pets running around or live with allergy sufferers. If you fall into this category, we recommend changing your filter more frequently. If not, your system is working overtime to pull in air. The same air that also cools the interior of the system, especially the motors.
If you do not have pets or suffer from allergies, simply replace your filter according to dimensions and the manufacturer’s instructions will suffice. You can find a whole aisle of them at the home improvement store and even the grocery store. Homeowners are more likely to replace their air filters on time if they always have a spare stashed away, so consider investing in multi-packs.
Maintain Your Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors – Get in the habit of changing the batteries and testing the detectors now and again in the fall. If you don’t have smoke or carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home, please purchase and install them ASAP. They could save your life!
Why Call In The Professionals?
Each air conditioner brand can be a rather complex piece of machinery with all of its components, coolant, bells, and whistles. That’s why each Virginia Air Heating and Cooling HVAC technician is properly trained to analyze and diagnose potential problems with your system. We know what to look for, and we can save you unexpected financial expenses and headaches in the future when a preventable breakdown occurs.
We perform an inspection with each routine maintenance visit, addressing items like the coils, fins, drains, and other critical components of your system, both inside and out. Proper maintenance can help your unit maintain proper efficiency. On the flip-side, a neglected air conditioner loses roughly 5% of its efficiency each year that it operates without upkeep.
Use our contact page to set an appointment or phone us at 703-591-0000.