For most of us, springtime means trouble breathing, sneezing, and getting ready for backyard barbecues and swimming parties. One thing that homeowners should always include in their list of spring cleaning and maintenance is caring for their HVAC systems. As we move further into spring and eventually summer our electricity bills are going to start slowly climbing upward, and Houston HVAC professionals here at American Comfort Experts are ready and waiting for your calls as you prepare for the scorchers ahead. Before you make a call for AC maintenance, check out our list of tips to help you tackle your air ducts, should you find them clogged or your thermostat non-responsive.
Are you met with the loud rumbling of the HVAC working from outside sending all of the cool air you requested? That’s good. That’s what is supposed to happen. Once you’ve decided that it is turning on and working effectively then you may need to change the filter. If you think your thermostat does not work properly please call us. We understand the frustration of owning an HVAC system that doesn’t seem to be working from the inside!
Next, it’s time to clean or change your furnace filter. Experts say this is the easiest and most important part of DIY HVAC maintenance for spring. It’s easy to do but it has a large impact on whether or not your air conditioning system is working the way it was designed. We know you’re a busy family and probably don’t have a lot of time to change your filter, and we can help, but routine maintenance can save you time and money in the long run! The last thing you want to do is call an HVAC technician here at ACE and we will replace your filter for you!
HVAC systems require some sort of coolant to ensure that the system is blowing the coolest air possible. You may have experienced air blowing but not cooling. This is totally the most frustrating thing! In an effort to prevent your home from possibly being filled with lukewarm air in the heat of spring, or summer, we want you to check your unit’s refrigerant levels. Remember not all units have the same type of refrigerant so make sure that you check the information on the back panel of your unit to ensure that you’re picking up a refill for the right type of refrigerant.
Next, if you’ve done this a time or two before, you may be able to turn the power off and clean and adjust the fins and coils in your unit. It is very important that you make sure the power has been disconnected before you go diving inside the air conditioning unit. DIY tips of this nature are easily performed but should be approached with some background in tinkering before getting started. Here is some step by step instructions on disconnecting and cleaning your unit from the DIY network.
If you don’t feel comfortable going inside the HVAC unit to check for heating and cooling efficiency yourself, we don’t blame you. Give us a shout by visiting our website, www.americancomfortexperts.com. We can check every hiding space for items that may be blocking airflow to and from your unit. Our techs are highly trained and armed with the knowledge required to ensure that any HVAC system is running smoothly and efficiently. Homeowners in the Houston area who trust American Comfort Experts to care for their HVAC units are always left feeling comfortable in their homes and happy with our service long after we are gone. Check out some of our customer testimonials!
As Houstonians we know we can count on 2 things every spring: it’s going to rain, and it’s going to be hot. You’ll be ahead of the weather game if you have been keeping up with your HVAC maintenance for spring (or giving us a call!). We want you to be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the April showers, May flowers, tall iced teas, and sweet lemonade as well as plenty of cool air.