Back-to-School Maintenance Tips for Your Home
Even though it’s unofficial, back-to-school means summer is coming to a close to the relief of most San Antonio residents. There’s no better time to tend to your HVAC system to close out the cooling season and get it ready for winter.
- Clean the outdoor condenser. Over the summer, lots of vegetation may have collected around the condenser that could be blocking the air flowing through it. The condenser has a coil that needs to dissipate the hot air coming from your home, and when it lacks enough airflow, it takes longer for the hot refrigerant to cool.
If you have lawn close to the condenser, check the fins and coil for grass clippings that also act as insulation. You can find coil cleaner at home improvement stores that will loosen the caked-on clippings and dirt. After spraying, hose the condenser gently.
- Check the condensate drain. A clogged condensate drain will back condensation into your air handler. Make sure it’s draining easily. Sometimes bugs crawl inside the pipe to drink, and grass clippings or leaves may collect inside. If possible, clear them away.
- Change the air filter. If you haven’t already, replace the air filter if it’s covered with dust. During high use periods in the summer, it’s a good idea to check it monthly and replace it whenever it looks dusty.
- Call an HVAC pro. Back-to-school is a good time to call your HVAC contractor for a tune-up. Besides deep-cleaning, the technician will adjust the electrical components, oil the fans and motors and check refrigerant levels. If you use a gas furnace, he or she will clean the burner and ignition system and verify the gas lines for safety. Each of these services increases the lifetime of the equipment and lowers energy consumption.
When back-to-school activities roll around on the calendar, remind yourself that it’s also time to service your HVAC system for the remaining days of summer and get it ready for winter. To learn more, contact Beyer Boys, providing trusted HVAC services for San Antonio homeowners.
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