While truly cold weather is rare in San Diego, we do get some chilly, cloudy days that call for using the furnace. Generally, that's all over by the time spring rolls around and we're ready for warm weather and turning on the air conditioner.
So what does your plan for springing forward into warm weather and A/C use look like? Are you the kind of homeowner who's content to just push the A/C control and hope for the best? Or do you take the time to ensure your unit is ready for the job ahead? We can help. Read on, and get set for some advice on HVAC prep.
Inspect the Outdoor Condenser
1. If you cover the outdoor condenser for the winter, remove the cover and check for any signs of rodent habitation. Look at the side panels and make sure they are in place and free of debris and dirt.
2. Check out the pipe insulation to make sure it's intact and in place. It can rot away over the years in the sun, or be damaged by animals seeking shelter inside it. Replace any insulation that is damaged.
3. Remove any leaf debris from the coil. Make sure there are no limbs or other yard debris leaning on the unit. Trim back any vegetation around the unit so you have a clearance of at least 2 feet.
Inspect the Indoor Unit
1. Change the air filter so that your air conditioner has good air flow. Good air flow helps your unit run cooler and more efficiently so that parts last longer.
2. Check the condensate drain inside the HVAC cabinet to make sure it's free of obstructions.
3. Check all return and supply air vents to be sure they are free of obstructions.
4. Turn the unit on and off to make sure it's running right, and to see if it achieves temperature set points.
5. Schedule your annual maintenance before you need to turn on the A/C for the summer.
For more on HVAC prep, contact Sherlock Heating and Air Conditioning of San Diego.
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