Once the summer heat hits, the last thing you want is to be stuck with a high-efficiency air conditioner that isn’t working. That’s why it’s important to stay ahead of the game. Here are a few things you can start doing now to make sure your equipment is in perfect working order when you’re ready to start using it.
Start by cleaning or replacing the air filters in your HVAC system. This is something you should be doing seasonally, but especially before AC season. In most cases, you can find the slot for the filter right next to the system’s air handler (the large metal box with the fan and fan motor). There may also be a filter in the return vents—these are typically rectangular vents on the wall or ceiling. When these filters get too clogged, dust and other contaminants can get into your HVAC system and restrict airflow by jamming the fan motor, valves, or other moving parts, which, in turn, strains the system. Changing these filters will help to ensure the life and function of your AC unit.
Head outside and to tackle your AC’s condenser unit. This is the large metal box with a fan inside and what looks like grills on top, usually found outside your home. The first thing you should do is clear away leaves, yard waste, dirt, and anything else that may have accumulated around the unit. Next, take a look inside to see if there’s any debris around the condenser coils. If so, lift off the top of the box and use a soft brush to gently clean the coils and remove any debris or water that has collected at the bottom. (Make sure power to the unit has been turned off first.)
Your AC unit has a condensation line that runs from your indoor unit to outside to carry away condensation. You’ll usually find a copper or white PVC pipe near your condenser unit outside—this is the end of your condensation line. If this pipe gets clogged, it could back up into your AC unit or even worse, your home. To avoid this messy and expensive problem, check where the pipe drains outside and ensure everything is in working order.
A leak in your ductwork means your HVAC systems have to work harder. Check your ducts for any obvious issues—look for disconnected joints (the most common spot for leaks), small holes or tears, and separated pieces. Sealing leaks will not only lead to better cooling, but also savings on heating and cooling costs.
Once everything is cleaned up, turn the AC on and check your vents to make sure cool air is actually coming out. If something doesn’t seem to be working right, the team of expert advisors at MyHomeUpgrade.ca can help by recommending reliable contractors in your area who can schedule a visit with you to investigate further.
If all else fails, it may be time to upgrade your equipment. Installing a new high-efficiency air conditioner will do more than keep you cool and comfortable through the summer—it can also reduce your energy consumption, which means more in your pocket when it comes to utility bills. Don’t know where to start? MyHomeUpgrade.ca has got your back—we can help you get the best HVAC renovation possible within your budget. Start with our free renovation calculator to get an idea of how much it might cost, based on the details of your home. Then MyHomeUpgrade.ca can connect you with our network of recommended HVAC contractors in the GTA, surrounding areas, or anywhere else in Canada to help make your upgrade a reality. Start renovating like an expert, today!
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