How to maintain your HVAC system during summer

Maintaining your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system during the summer is crucial to ensure optimal performance, energy efficiency, and indoor comfort. Here are some of the best ways to maintain your HVAC system during the summer months:

  1. Regular Filter Changes: Change your HVAC system’s air filters regularly, ideally every 1 to 3 months. Clogged filters reduce airflow, making your system work harder and less efficiently. Did you know that you can order filters on Amazon and schedule them regularly to ensure you stay on schedule?
  2. Clean Vents and Registers: Keep vents and registers clean and free from obstructions. This helps maintain proper airflow and ensures even cooling throughout your home.
  3. Check and Clean the Outdoor Unit: If you have a central air conditioner, ensure that the outdoor condenser unit is clear of debris such as leaves, grass, and dirt. Clean it gently using a hose, making sure the power is turned off before doing so. Better yet, contact us and we will get you on our maintenance plan which will have us doing this for you two times a year.
  4. Check Refrigerant Levels: Low refrigerant levels can affect cooling efficiency and lead to increased energy consumption. If you suspect a refrigerant leak, contact us 864-289-0805 for inspection and repair.
  5. Inspect Electrical Connections: Ensure that all electrical connections and components are properly secured and functioning. Loose or corroded connections can lead to system malfunctions and safety hazards.
  6. Clean Evaporator Coils: If you have a central air conditioning system, the indoor evaporator coils can collect dirt and dust over time. Clean them gently using a soft brush or vacuum cleaner. Better yet again, set up a maintenance plan with us and we will do this for you!
  7. Programmable Thermostat: Use a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature settings automatically when you’re not at home. This can help save energy and reduce wear and tear on your HVAC system.
  8. Seal Air Leaks: Inspect your home for air leaks around windows, doors, and ducts. Sealing these leaks prevents cool air from escaping and warm air from entering, reducing the workload on your HVAC system. Most people forget that the tape wrapped around your ductwork when your home was first built erodes over time which will have all your cold air now blowing in your attic or crawl space instead of the room you wish to be cooled.
  9. Schedule Professional Maintenance: Consider scheduling a professional HVAC maintenance with us immediately. We will send a trained technician to thoroughly inspect, clean, and tune up your system, ensuring it operates efficiently. In addition, we will take pictures of all your systems so that if there is ever am issues, we already know what parts to purchase to get you back up and running. You also will be placed on our preferred customer lists giving you 10% off service and 50% emergency service visits. Call us today and don’t wait another minute, 864-289-0805.
  10. Monitor System Performance: Pay attention to any unusual sounds, odors, or changes in cooling performance. If you notice any issues, address them promptly to prevent further damage.
  11. Keep the Area Around the Thermostat Clear: Ensure that the area around your thermostat is clear of heat-producing appliances, direct sunlight, and drafts. This helps the thermostat accurately measure the indoor temperature.

Remember, while many maintenance tasks can be handled by you as a homeowner, it’s a good idea to have a professional HVAC technician like us perform a thorough inspection and maintenance to ensure your system is at optimal efficiency. Think about your how ofter you drive your car and the maintenance you perform on it. Oil changes, tire rotations, new spark plus and wires. Think how ofter your HVAC system is running, the hours and minutes each day of the year. Are you treating it with the same respect you do your car or truck? If not, don’t be surprised if it does not last its expected life expectancy without some love and attention.

Crandall Heating & Air Inc.

Upstate of South Carolina since 1973

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