Regular care and cleaning keeps your HVAC system functioning efficiently,
improving your comfort indoors and keeping your utility bills lower. While
some tasks should always be performed by a heating and cooling professional,
there are a few simple tasks you can undertake this spring to get your
Detroit HVAC system in top shape.
Check Your Air Conditioner
Heavy snows and icy weather can cause damage to your air conditioner’s
condenser. Even if you covered the unit last fall for protection, early
spring is a good time to inspect it and clear away any snow or debris
that may have accumulated. Check that no branches or other objects have
fallen onto the condenser and make sure any landscaping is trimmed back
away from the appliance. Also look at the integrity of any tubing that
runs from the unit into your home. If the condenser appears damaged or
you spot a refrigerant leak, contact your heating and cooling service
for repairs. Inside your home, take a look at the evaporator unit, which
is located near your furnace. Find the drainage hole at the base of the
unit and make sure it is clear; if it appears clogged, clean it out with
a paperclip or pipe cleaner to ensure proper drainage.
Check Your Furnace
Furnaces are often located in areas of the home that are used for out-of-season
storage. Now that the holidays have passed, these areas of your home may
be more full than they were during the height of winter. Check the area
around your furnace and move any stored items away from the appliance
for at least three feet in all directions. Make sure no items have fallen
against or damaged the furnace—if so, call in an HVAC expert to
evaluate any possible damage. If you have a carbon monoxide detector near
your furnace, now is also a good time to
test your CO detector and change its batteries if necessary. Vacuum thoroughly around your furnace
to remove any dust or debris that could be drawn into the unit, causing
a drop in efficiency; you should also vacuum the area around your carbon
monoxide detector to ensure it is functioning at maximum sensitivity.
If your furnace system also incorporates a humidifier, now is a good time
to check and clean it. Turn off the power to the humidifier and remove
the housing to let it dry completely. Wipe away any dirt and use your
vacuum hose to clean out the interior of the unit for improved performance.
While you’re in the area, now is also a great time to change your
furnace filter if you haven’t done so in the past month.
Check Your Vents and Fans
Vents and exhaust or extractor fans also play an important role in indoor
comfort, but are often forgotten during spring cleaning. Use a static
duster or mircrofiber cloth to wipe down your vents and extractor fan
covers; if they’re particularly dirty, you can remove the covers
and use a cleaning toothbrush and soapy water solution to scrub them down.
If possible, use your vacuum’s hose attachment to clean any dirt
and dust from just inside the covers as well.
Once all these DIY tasks are done, it’s time to call your Detroit
heating and cooling service for your spring HVAC tune-up. You can find
out more about our comprehensive heating and air conditioning services on
our website, or check out
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