Getting your HVAC unit ready for Spring

It’s that time of year where everybody is ready to do some spring cleaning.

Here are some ideas to help in regards to your HVAC unit as the temperature warms up and you begin to make the transition to cooling your home rather than heating it.

  1. Check the area surrounding your outdoor unit: While most of us keep an eye out for snow and ice around our HVAC units during the winter, but plenty of other debris can build up around the units as well. Trash and yard waste can be pushed up near the unit. Spring is the perfect time to make sure the area immediately surrounding the unit is clear of all debris. It’s also a good time to monitor how close plants are and their growth won’t impede on the HVAC unit. Your unit generally needs two feet of space on all sides to operate at efficiently as possible. The unit also needs to be on level ground, so make sure the balance wasn’t altered during the winter.
  2. Change your air filters: Now, as we all know, filters should be changed more frequently than when the four seasons roll around. However, if you have fallen behind or neglected your filter through the cold months of winter, the start of spring is a good time to fix that situation with a new filter. Clogged or extremely dirty filters can make your unit work harder than it is supposed to, reduce indoor air quality and lead to much more complicated and expensive problems.
  3. Spring is a good time to clean the condenser coil on your outdoor unit. The fan inside the condenser coil sucks air through the fins and as a result pulls dirt and debris with it. Dust, leaves, dead grass and anything else that collects on the fins will block airflow and reduce efficiency. In the early part of Spring, you may have to frequently clean the condenser coil as the thick grass clippings from the first couple of mowings and cotton from cottonwood trees and dandelions can be extra problematic.
  4. If the fan motor on your outdoor unit has lubrication ports, you should have five drops of special oil for electronic motors applied. Do not use penetrating or all-purpose oil. Most newer units don’t have lubrication ports.
  5. Check the pipes coming and going to the unit: After about 10 minutes of running the unit, pull the insulation slightly back on the insulated pipe. It should feel cool. The other pipe (not insulated) should feel warm. If neither feels right, you need to have the refrigerant level checked.

McAtee Plumbing, Heating and Cooling provides reliable service to six different states. Contact us today if you need help getting your plumbing or HVAC issues resolved this winter.

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