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Time for Spring Cleaning – Don’t Forget Your AC!

Air ConditionerIt’s hard to believe it’s already spring! The first part of the year seems to have flown by for us at R.S. Andrews!

Springtime means it’s time to start your spring cleaning, but have you scheduled a maintenance visit for your HVAC system in time for Spring as welll? If there’s one thing we rely on in the warmer months, it’s a well running air conditioner! Doing an early check, particularly with one of our skilled technicians will prevent any future problems you may have with your system during the summer.

An added bonus to having this done is that it saves you money on your monthly electrical bill, and helps your system’s lifespan.

A few things your R.S. Andrews technician can help you check out are:

Furnace Controls and The Thermostat

Checking your furnace and thermostat are important because they insure your HVAC starting cycle is working correctly. A properly functioning system keeps your home’s temperature comfortable, and also reduces costs and energy usage when you are away.

Tighten Connections and Lubricate Moving Parts

Loose connections and poor lubrication of your air conditioning system will cause more wear and tear on it in a shorter amount of time, thus reducing its lifespan. Also, your unit will end up using more electricity to do the same tasks.

Check The Condensate Drain

A clogged drain can cause water damage to your house or the unit, and affects the humidity levels in your home (a big concern during the summer months).

Clean The Evaporator and A/C Coils

Dirty coils hinder the system’s ability to function properly. This will make the system operate for longer, which then makes your electrical bill go up. The longer operating times are also hard on the system, and will cut into its lifespan.

Check A/C Refrigerant Level

Make sure you have the right amount of refrigerant in your air conditioner. Too much or too little will affect the systems ability to function properly. This will cause your energy costs to increase and the system’s life to decrease.

Adjust Blower Components

Properly adjusted blower components create an optimal airflow through the home and can reduce system inefficiencies by up to 15%!

What You Can Do

While the big stuff is best left to the professionals, don’t forget that once a month it is important to check your air filters, and clean or replace them if necessary. Dirty filters can affect system performance today and over the long term life of your system.

Give R.S. Andrews a call today to schedule your spring check-up, or if you have any questions about getting your air conditioning ready for the heat!

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