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Get Ready for Spring with These HVAC Maintenance Tips

The best time to call an HVAC repair technician for an annual system tune-up is in the spring. If you wait until the first hot day, you risk running an inefficient AC unit and having to wait longer for service because everyone else will want their systems checked as well. At Morrison Plumbing, our HVAC technicians will inspect the refrigerant level and ensure that all belts, blowers, and motors are in good working order. In addition, the technician will clean the fins and coils. So, make HVAC maintenance a priority on your spring-cleaning list, and contact Morrison Plumbing to make an appointment soon rather than later.

Clean Outdoor Condenser

Our professional technicians advise homeowners to take on the outdoor chores on the first sunny day of spring when it is comfortable to be outside. If you chose to cover it for the winter, start by uncovering your outdoor unit. The condenser is the unit that sits outside and looks like an air conditioner. If you didn’t cover it, the unit could be considerably dirty after a long winter. Clear any dirt or leaves stuck in the grates or the condenser base with a broom or brush.

Clear Away Vegetation or Debris

It is important to allow enough space for your condenser unit to breathe, so keep shrubs and bushes away from it. You don’t want your plants to be too close to your unit. Remove any encroaching vegetation about 2 feet away from the unit so it has plenty of space to function properly.

Do A Quick Inspection

At Morrison Plumbing, we also advise performing a quick inspection of your unit. You should be able to tell for yourself if anything is problematic. If the fins are cracked or bent, or the AC unit is leaning to one side or the other, you should have one of our HVAC contractors perform an AC maintenance examination and replace or repair any broken parts.

Remove the Grate and Clean the Inside

Before cleaning the inside of the air conditioner, turn off the power. You can clean the inside of the unit with a brush or a vacuum attachment. If there is caked-on dirt, use a garden hose to clean it off the fins. If those approaches don’t work and you want a professionally thorough clean, contact our experts at Morrison Plumbing.

Clean Your Maintenance Room

Your maintenance room where your units are stored can get dusty and dirty if left unattended. Sweep or vacuum around your furnace and HVAC system to collect any dust and debris. The maintenance room may not be on your usual vacuum route, but it’s worth giving it a pass every now and then to keep dirt and debris out of your system. Before cleaning, make sure no storage boxes are blocking vents or registers by moving them as needed.

Change Your Filters

Changing filters is quick and easy, but also a valuable process that should be completed regularly. You can save this indoor project for a cold or rainy day if you’d like. Air cannot pass through a dirty air filter, so we advise you to check them monthly and replace them if they appear dirty. Changing furnace filters on a regular basis will help keep the system running smoothly. Mold, gasses, and even viruses can be caught in HVAC filters, so do not skip this important step!

Install a Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats learn your household’s routine and adjust your indoor temperature automatically, saving energy and lowering your heating and cooling bills. You can look for smart thermostat rebates in your area or talk to our experts for superior advice on what products would be best for your home.

Consult with our expert technicians at Morrison Plumbing for guidance on getting your home ready for spring and the warmer months ahead. Every homeowner wants to have a comfortable house all year round, so you have to make the necessary adjustments when the seasons change. Is your HVAC unit ready for spring? Call our staff now at (618) 414-3437 to find out how we can serve you and improve your household so it’s ready for whatever the weather throws its way.

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