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Spring is in full swing, and summer is just around the corner! Is your HVAC system up to the challenge of hotter weather? Taking care of your HVAC in the spring means you won’t find yourself in the middle of a heatwave waiting for air conditioning repair. Check out these tips for making sure your AC is in peak condition before the summer arrives.

  • Keep up with your filters. HVAC filters should be replaced every one to three months, according to manufacturer’s instructions. A clean filter improves the quality of your indoor air, and it also helps your heating and cooling systems run smoothly.
  • Check on your outside components. Clear the area around your outdoor unit of any leaves and debris that may be hampering its air flow and efficiency. Trim back any shrubbery that could interfere with your unit’s operation.
  • If the condenser unit is dirty, clean the coils. The coils are in your outside unit, and air moves across them to cool your home. When they’re clogged with dirt and debris, they don’t function properly. To clean the condenser coils:
    • Turn off the power to the condenser unit.
    • Remove the side and top panels or protective grilles.
    • Take off the top, which may be attached to the fan, taking care not to tug on any wires.
    • Clean the coils with a soft brush, being careful not to bend the fins or damage the coils.
  • Make sure your lines are insulated. On the back of the unit, you’ll see coolant lines that connect to your home. They should be insulated, so if the insulation is missing or damaged, call for AC repair.
  • Take a look at your ducts and vents. Make sure nothing is obstructing the vents, and check to see that your ductwork’s seams and connections are properly sealed. Leaky ducts can put a strain on an HVAC system, and keep it from effectively cooling your house.
  • Give your AC a trial run. Turn it on before you need it, to make sure it’s operating correctly. It’s not necessary to cool the house, just turn the air conditioner on, check to make sure it’s producing cold air, and then turn it back off.
  • Call for professional maintenance. Even if you think your unit is running the way it should, it’s wise to schedule an inspection twice a year. Professional maintenance keeps your unit running smoothly and prevents malfunctions that necessitate costly repairs.

When you need HVAC services, Hoover Electric, Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling is here for you. Since 1980, Hoover has been serving customers in Southeast Michigan, offering courteous, professional service. Because we offer all the services you need for residential maintenance under one roof, we’re able to offer extremely competitive pricing while maintaining great customer service and guaranteed satisfaction. When you’re looking for top-quality electrical, plumbing, heating, or cooling services in Clinton Township, contact Hoover through our website or call 586-232-9204 today.