April is here, which means spring is as well. All over the country, people welcome the fairer weather by thoroughly cleaning the home to get ready for sunnier months. But while you’re sweeping and scrubbing every nook and cranny of your home, there may be something that you’re forgetting to clean—your HVAC system.
Getting your HVAC system ready for warmer months is as important a part of spring cleaning as tidying up your closet or basement. Since the use of the HVAC system is tied to the weather, you have to make sure your system is ready for the changing temperature.
Below, we’ve listed down a step-by-step guide on cleaning your HVAC system this spring.
Step 1: Check the Outdoor Units of Your System
If your HVAC system has outdoor units, they’re a good place to start your spring cleaning.
The heat pump and your AC unit are the most likely to have outdoor units. Since they have been exposed to different elements all winter, these units may have been damaged.
Look for signs of a refrigerant leak and remove any debris that may have gotten into the coils and covers.
Once you’re done making sure your outdoor units aren’t damaged, you can now move on to cleaning the systems inside your home.
Step 2: Change Your Air Filters
Clean air filters ensure your HVAC system’s efficiency and help maintain good indoor air quality. Since air filters work hard to reduce or remove pollutants inside your home, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends changing them every three months at the very least.
Otherwise, you should follow the manufacturer’s recommendation on the frequency of changing or cleaning your HVAC’s air filters.
Step 3: Clean the Grills & Vents
Air return and supply grills and vents may look clean, but a close inspection may reveal the formation of dust bunnies around them. Fortunately, cleaning your grills is easy.
After removing the cover, all you need is a portable vacuum. It will do the job of removing loose dust from the grills.
For extra measure, use a damp cloth and wipe the surface of the grill cover to remove stubborn dust and grime. Replace the cover back onto the grills after wiping it clean, paying attention to both the front and back surfaces.
Step 4: Turn On & Test Your HVAC System
After doing the previous inspection and cleaning, you now have to make sure that your system works. Turn on your HVAC units and take note of any irregularities in the heating or cooling capabilities.
For example, if your HVAC system emits unpleasant odors, if your heater makes rattling sounds, or if your air conditioning unit isn’t producing cool air, these may be signs that there’s something wrong.
If any of these happen, go through the first few steps again and then try testing your entire system once more.
If the problem persists, it may be time to contact Cowboy Services AC and Heating. We’re HVAC professionals in Dallas who can properly diagnose and fix the problems you have with your HVAC system.
You don’t even need to wait until your HVAC system breaks down; we offer tune-up and maintenance services as well.
Visit Cowboy Services AC and Heating today for more information.