Although you may not think about your Provo home’s air conditioner
often when the weather is cold, your cooling system still needs care during
the winter season. While your heating system is working full-time to keep
your home warm and comfortable, it’s important to take a few moments
each month to maintain your air conditioner to ensure it is ready to work
as soon as warmer weather occurs. If you discover an issue with your air
conditioner at any time, your Orem HVAC service can provide fast repairs
so you won’t lose efficiency or comfort when cooling season begins.
Check Your Outdoor Unit
Harsh winter weather can be hard on your air conditioner’s outdoor
unit, which remains constantly exposed to the elements. At least once
a month, take a walk outside to look at
your air conditioner’s condenser to check it for icing, damage, or other signs that it may need attention.
If your condenser is located near trees or other landscaping, keep the
area clear and address any dead branches to prevent them from falling
on the unit. You should also check for excessive ice buildup on the condenser,
which can cause damage that will affect its cooling performance in the
spring. Air conditioner covers can keep snow, ice, and debris out of the
unit when poor weather is expected, or simply offer preventive protection
from pests, weather, and wind; however, if you plan to use an air conditioner
cover, talk to your HVAC service about the right product—covering
your air conditioner improperly can also cause problems, such as moisture
buildup that leads to icing and damage.
Change the Furnace Filter
Your furnace filter protects both your air conditioner and your furnace
from excessive dirt and dust buildup as they operate. Changing this filter
regularly is the key to keeping your entire HVAC system clean and running
efficiently for excellent indoor air quality and lower energy bills. Leaving
a dirty filter in place too long while your heat is running allows dust
to build up inside your HVAC appliances; it can also strain the blower
motor, which moves air from both your heating and cooling system into
your home’s ducts. Blower motor problems can lead to overheating
and breakdowns in the future that bring your home comfort system to a
complete halt and leave you without heating or cooling until HVAC repairs
can be made. Thus, maintaining a regular regimen of changing your furnace
filter during every season is the best way to protect your entire HVAC
system all year long.
Schedule Spring Maintenance
While spring HVAC maintenance may not be on your mind during the coldest
months of the year, setting a date for your air conditioner’s spring
tune-up will keep you from forgetting to schedule this essential task.
Regular yearly maintenance from a professional technician is one of the
easiest and very best ways to protect your air conditioner and ensure
it provides the cooling you expect for the full predicted lifetime of
the system. A spring tune-up may seem like a minor task, but it will vastly
improve the overall efficiency of your air conditioning system and keep
it in great shape to prevent uncomfortable and unnecessary cooling breakdowns
later in the season.
Our Orem HVAC experts are here to help you keep your home comfortable
throughout the year. Please
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time and money, as well as eliminate the stress associated with home comfort problems.