Spring has officially arrived! The daffodils are in bloom and the birds are singing. As you delve into your spring cleaning ritual take some time to address your heating and cooling system. There are a few simple things you can do in the spring (even if you are not mechanically minded) to help extend the life of your system…
1.) Change your filter- Filters should be changed every 1-3 months. A dirty filter could cause your unit to work harder to pull in air and could result in a mechanical failure. Filters help to trap particulates, dust, pollen, etc. to help improve your indoor air quality.
2.) Outdoor Unit- Your outdoor unit transfers heat. Make sure your bushes, leaves, and other debris are not crowding the unit. Bushes should be trimmed so that air can flow freely around the unit. A good rule of thumb is about 24″ of clearance.
3. Indoor Unit- Check your condensate line. Most units are installed with a condensate pump. This is a pump that pumps water to either a close indoor drain or pumps the water to outside. You can pour water into the pump to ensure that it is working. Also, follow the condensate line to the end. Make sure that it is not clogged or buried in dirt.
These are just a few things you can do in the spring that can help your heating and cooling system run more efficiently. It’s always a good idea to have a professional maintenance your unit annually. This keeps your unit running efficiently and could help prevent catastrophic breakdowns- saving you money in the long-run. Routine maintenance is so important it is a provision in most manufactures’ warranties. Just as you would change oil in your car, your heating and cooling system needs “tune-ups”. Call your local heating and cooling professional- Brad Tweed Mechanical Services in Greeneville, Tennessee.