The good news is that springtime HVAC problems are generally preventable with a little maintenance. The bad news is that most homeowners don’t realize this until they’re experiencing problems. In this post, you’ll learn more about common springtime HVAC problems and how to prevent the same issues from happening to you.
Your home’s air conditioning unit consists of an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. The outdoor unit is called the condenser. During the winter, if it’s not covered and is exposed to the outside elements, it’s prone to debris and dirt buildup. When there’s too much dirt or debris on the fans, it won’t operate well. Before you turn your air conditioner on for the first time, hook up the garden hose and spray down the condenser. Also, if you notice any bird nests, sticks, or other items in the unit, pull them out. Make sure the unit’s not on so you don’t hurt yourself.
AC Doesn’t Turn On
Before you panic, go to your circuit breaker box. Check the circuit that’s assigned to your A/C unit. Is it tripped? If so, turn it to the “on” position and see what happens. If this doesn’t do the trick, most HVAC units have a switch located on the unit. It looks like a regular light switch. The switch might have gotten hit accidentally and turned off. If neither of these suggestions fixes the problem, then you need to call for HVAC service because it could be an electrical problem.
Another reason why your air conditioner might not switch on the first time you try in the springtime is because there is a problem with the thermostat. A common problem that homes have is that the thermostat isn’t located in the best part of the house. It might be an area that gets a lot of shade and doesn’t represent the temperature of the entire house. If this is your issue, contact an HVAC service specialist and find out what it would take to move the thermostat to a better area where it will detect the temperature of the house better.
The ductwork in your home is responsible for moving the cooled air to the various rooms in the house. Over time, ducts get dirty. They also tend to develop leaks. During the winter, people spend more time at home and generate more dust and debris. This settles into the air ducts and can cause airflow issues. Spring is the perfect time to have your air ducts cleaned because the temperatures stay cool enough that you can afford to keep your AC off for the cleaning service.
Prevent Future Spring HVAC Problems
No one wants to turn the air conditioner on for the first time in the spring and find out they have problems. Prevent future problems by hiring HVAC specialists to inspect and maintain your HVAC system throughout the year. To learn more about maintenance services or to schedule service, contact Cox Air and speak with a heating and cooling specialist today!