Spring Maintenance Tips for Your HVAC System

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When the wildflowers start to bloom, we know spring is in the air for Fountain Hills homeowners. The sure tell-tale sign that spring is here is when the mesquite trees begin to bloom. Then you know it’s okay to cheer, shout, or whatever you do to express joy that winter is over. 

Spring brings thoughts of love, flowers and new life to mind. But did you know spring is the perfect time to make sure your HVAC system is ready to keep you cool and comfortable all season long, and into the hot days of summer. 

Easy Maintenance Tips for Your HVAC System

Just like we need to clean and check bikes, grills, or other seasonal equipment before using them after long breaks, your HVAC system needs some care too. Here are some maintenance tips from Shadrach Plumbing & Cooling to help your HVAC system work its best.

1. Change the Air Filter

Think of the air filter like a mask for your HVAC system. It catches dust, pet hair, and other tiny things in the air so they don’t get into the system and make it dirty. But if the filter gets too full, your HVAC must work harder. That can make your energy bill go up. It’s a good idea to change the air filter every three months, but you should check it every month. If it looks dirty, it’s time for a new one!

2. Clean Around the Outdoor Unit

The outdoor part of your HVAC system needs space to breathe. Leaves, sticks, and grass can block it and make it hard for your system to work well. Make sure there’s at least 2 feet of clear space all around the unit. You can help by cleaning up any debris and trimming back plants or bushes that are too close.

3. Check the Thermostat

Your thermostat is like the brain of your HVAC system. It tells the system when to turn on and off to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Sometimes, moving to a new season means you need to change the settings. If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure it’s set for spring. If your home is too warm or too cool, you might need to adjust the thermostat.

4. Look for Leaks

Air ducts are what carries cool or warm air throughout your house. But if there are holes or leaks in the ducts, your HVAC system must work extra hard. This can make your energy bill higher and make it harder to keep your home comfortable. If you can, take a look at the ducts in your attic or basement. If you see any signs of leaks or would like the professionals at Shadrach Plumbing & Cooling to handle it for you, call our office today to schedule an appointment. 

5. Schedule a Professional Check-Up

Even if you do all these things, it’s still a good idea to have a professional check your HVAC system. The trained HVAC technicians at Shadrach can do things like checking the coolant level, inspecting and cleaning the intricate internal components, and making sure all the electrical parts are safe and working right. Think of it like going to the doctor for a check-up. It’s better to find and fix small problems before they turn into big ones. Schedule your spring HVAC maintenance with Shadrach today!

6. Listen for Strange Noises

Sometimes, your HVAC system will tell you if something’s wrong by making unusual noises. If you hear anything strange, like banging, whistling, or buzzing, it’s a sign that you should pay attention. These noises can mean there’s a problem inside the system that needs to be fixed.

7. Be Smart with Your Use

Finally, using your HVAC system wisely can help it last longer and work better. When it’s not too hot, try using fans along with your AC to maximize airflow. Programmable thermostats are wonderful to get the full benefit of your HVAC system. By setting the thermostat settings to coincide with when your home is occupied, you can save energy and money, and reduce wear and tear on your system.

AC Maintenance to Keep You Comfortable

By following these maintenance tips from Shadrach Plumbing & Cooling, you can help your HVAC system keep you cool and comfortable all spring and summer long. Remember, taking care of your HVAC system is like taking care of a car. A little bit of maintenance can go a long way in making sure it runs smoothly and efficiently.

Schedule your HVAC maintenance with Shadrach today!