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  • Writer's pictureDevon Kmet

HVAC spring maintenance checklist

Updated: Mar 1

As temperatures increase outside, we want our home to be nice and cool inside. Spring is the perfect time to make sure your HVAC system is in proper working order. HVAC maintenance ensures that you will stay nice and cool this summer and helps you avoid costly repairs in the future. Whether you already have a HVAC servicing contract in place or are just looking for a handyman to complete air-conditioning maintenance, knowing exactly what needs to be done can help ensure you are getting what you need for a cool and comfortable summer!

Handyman HVAC maintenance checklist

These are the tasks that an HVAC contractor or Handyman should perform in the spring for HVAC maintenance;

  • Clean or replace air filters

  • Clean condenser and evaporator coils

  • Clean drain lines

  • Clear any standing water from drain pans

  • Replace worn or torn pulley or belts

  • Inspect ducts for mold, dust and debris

  • Check refrigerant for leaks and re-charge as needed

  • Check thermostats to ensure it is functioning properly

  • Change batteries if needed

  • Check electrical connections

  • Check the fan motor

  • Inspect blades and blowers

  • Lubricate any moving parts

  • Inspect cabinet for leaks

  • Clean debris from around outside of unit

Homeowners HVAC maintenance checklist

Maintenance of HVAC systems aren't just for contractors, there are tasks that homeowners can do all year to keep their HVAC units running smoothly;

  • Replace the filters in your home every 30-60 days and use good filters, this will not only help the air quality but also keep your energy costs down

  • Clear debris from around your AC unit outside. Try to keep debris at least 2ft away from your outdoor unit to ensure it does not cause a clog

  • Check refrigerant lines for any leaks or cracks. In the winter when these lines get icy they may tend to crack from the weight.

  • Keep your unit level. If you notice it is leaning, place pads under the unit to level it

  • Eliminate clogs. Once a year, mix bleach with one of cup water and pour it down the air conditioner condenser drain to remove any buildup

  • Check fan blades. You will not have to replace these, that is up to your contractor, however checking them every couple months for damage or missing blades will help you keep your AC unit running at peak performance.

How to choose the right contractor for the job

Now that you know the basics of what maintenance of HVAC systems look like, you can start looking at vendors. Make sure you find a contractor that will work with you based on your needs and equipment. Schedule at least 2 visits annually, once in the spring and another in the fall. Look at service, cost and efficiency when hiring a contractor. Being a homeowner can be challenging. Whether your home is brand new or it was built decades ago, HVAC systems always need maintenance. Having a handyman service you can rely on can bring you peace of mind. The little things can add up but you can avoid both major and minor home catastrophes with regular home maintenance. We would love to earn your business, give us a call.

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