How to Prepare Your AC for Spring
Winter chill hasn’t left the Seattle area quite yet. But soon enough, everyone will be turning off their heaters and cranking up the AC.
Before you hit the “on” switch on your thermostat or window AC unit, there are a few maintenance items to get out of the way. Here is our guide on how to prepare your AC for spring from the expert HVAC technicians at Blue Flame.
1. Inspect your outdoor unit.
The Washington state winters can take a toll on our HVAC systems. Outdoor units are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions like snow and ice. But your unit can become clogged with debris or become a nest for unwanted critters and bugs. Visually inspect your HVAC unit for any signs of debris or infestation, and clear away any trapped grass, twigs, or leaves you see on or inside of it.
2. Check your ductwork.
If you have exposed ductwork, check it over for signs of wear and tear. Cracks or holes in your air ducts can cause inefficient heating and cooling that drives up your utility bills. Find out if your air ducts need any patching before the seasons change again.
3. Change your air filter.
Can you remember the last time you replaced your air filter? If the answer is no, or if it was more than three months ago, it is definitely time for a new one. We recommend that our customers change their air filters every 90 days, or every 30 days in homes with excessive dust, pet hair, or residents who smoke.
A fresh air filter will ensure that your HVAC system is running as effectively and efficiently as possible before you start blasting cool air this summer.
4. Schedule a professional inspection.
While home maintenance and visual inspections do help your HVAC system, there are some tasks best suited to a trained professional. At an AC tune-up, a licensed HVAC technician will clean, lubricate, and assess all of the interior components of your AC unit.
Professional maintenance in the spring is critical to avoid expensive breakdowns and repairs in the heat of the summer. An experienced technician will be able to identify and solve potential problems with your unit before they arise, saving you money and a headache in the long run.
Still wondering how to prepare your AC for spring?
If you have any questions about maintenance on your AC unit, give us a call at Blue Flame. Our team of NATE-certified technicians is ready to assist you with all of your home comfort needs.
If you are interested in upgrading to a smart thermostat or adding air purification technology to your HVAC system this year, we can help. Our team has years of training and hands-on experience providing the highest quality HVAC service to the Seattle, WA area.
At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.