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Spring & Summer Maintenance Tips for Your HVAC System

Written by Kendall Richards | April 29, 2020

Your air conditioning system is essential to keeping you and your home comfortable during the hot days of spring and summer. You may not notice when your AC system is running efficiently, but you’ll certainly notice when your system isn’t running at all. When you don’t have regular maintenance checkups, your HVAC system is more likely to have issues resulting in costly repairs.

For HVAC system maintenance and tune-up services in the Madison, WI area, trust All Comfort Services – call our team at (608) 838-7300 or contact us online.

Air Conditioning Maintenance & Tune-Up Check

  • Replace the air filter – One of the biggest mistakes many home and business owners make is failing to replace the HVAC system air filters. Failing to replace these filters leads to polluted indoor air, dirt and debris buildup in the system, and an inefficient system.
  • Inspect and clean your air ducts – Another key to indoor air quality is your HVAC system’s ducts, which should be cleaned every five to seven years. It would help if you also had them periodically tested for air-tightness. If your ducts are leaking, you could improve your home’s heating and cooling efficiency by 20% with sealing and insulation.
  • Install a programmable thermostat – Installing a programmable thermostat will help the environment and help you save money. Thermostats range in price and features – ask our technicians what we recommend. Even if you’re not replacing your thermostat, at least replace your batteries.
  • Do a test run – Before the weather starts to really heat up, it’s important to do a test run of your system. Turn on your air conditioning to make sure everything feels and sounds right. If anything goes wrong, call our HVAC professionals for repairs right away.
  • Clean the bathroom fans – Bathroom fans work hard all year long, so now is the perfect time to ensure they’re working as efficiently as possible. To clean your bathroom fans, remove the covers, wash them with soap and water, and clean the fan blades. Just make sure the power is off before starting this task.
  • Call a professional for more in-depth HVAC maintenance – While replacing your air filter, installing a new thermostat, and restarting your AC system are easy to do on your own, you may want a professional to check out your system for a more in-depth maintenance check (for things such as duct cleaning).

Other Home Maintenance Tips For Spring & Summer

Check your water heater

  • If you have a gas-fired water heater, check to make sure it is venting properly. Light a match next to the vent and wave it out (don’t blow it out). See if the smoke is pulled up into the vent. If it isn’t, have a professional inspect and repair it. Otherwise, carbon monoxide and other combustibles can build up in the home
  • Check around the base of your water heater for evidence of leaks. If your water heater is over 5 years old, it should be checked monthly for any leakage or rusting at the bottom. If water leakage or rust is found, the water heater should be replaced
  • Check the shutoff valve at each plumbing fixture to make sure they are functional know the location of all valves and what equipment and water lines they serve. Teach all family members

Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper, and space under the dryer

Poor maintenance allows lint to build up in the exhaust duct and cause a fire.

Replace all extension cords that have become brittle, worn or damaged
Exposed wires may cause arcing, which will produce heat and can start a fire. Care should also be taken to keep appliances and their power cords away from water or a heat source because this will damage the cord’s insulation.

Check your electrical system

  • Look for burn marks at the main electrical panel; they can be a sign of arcing inside the panel, which can easily lead to a fire. Loose connections or damaged insulation can cause the arcing. Note: Only a qualified electrician should remove the front panel cover
  • Install safety covers to help protect children from electrical shock. Any appliance or tool that gives even the slightest shock should be unplugged and checked by an electrician

All Comfort Services Offers Expert HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical Maintenance

Our team at All Comfort Services is excited for the spring and summer weather in Madison, just as you are. Our trusted technicians have training and experience in HVAC, plumbing, and electrical services, so we are able to assist your home or business with any service that is necessary before the weather gets hot.

To schedule with our team, call All Comfort Services at (608) 838-7300 or contact us online.

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