For many homeowners here in Harrisburg, NC, spring is the time to open windows and let in the fresh air. However, it’s also time to schedule maintenance services for your HVAC system as you prepare for warmer weather. Here are some tips to help you understand what maintenance your HVAC system needs.

1. Inspect the Ducts

Your ducts may develop cracks or separations. As a result, they leak conditioned air and even draw in unfiltered air. The holes allow entrance to airborne pollutant particles that lower your indoor air quality.

Such an issue leads to energy losses and air-quality-related illness.

2. Refrigerant Levels

Your HVAC system uses a refrigerant solution circulating through a conduit to draw heat from your home. Many things can cause it to develop holes that leak the solution. When this happens, your system loses its efficiency.

You may notice that the system doesn’t produce cool air and send it through the vents. Such a problem wastes energy and raises your monthly bills. However, technicians can detect and repair this during bi-annual maintenance visits.

3. Check the Outdoor Unit

Your heating and cooling system comes with an outdoor unit that contains a condenser. Due to harsh winter weather, it collects dirt and debris that affects its overall performance. Now that winter is winding down, schedule spring maintenance to clean, inspect and detect issues.

Meanwhile, you can clear the area around it and ensure all plants are at least 3 feet away. Although you may clean the outside of the unit, let an expert technician open and clean the inside.

4. Replace the Air Filters

If neglected, air filters become dirty and clog from dust and other particles. They lower the airflow and affect the system’s ability to supply conditioned air. In extreme cases, they cause breakdowns that may shut down the system completely.

For this reason, HVAC experts recommend changing air filters every three months, or more as needed. It will not only improve your air but will also improve the efficiency of your system.

Through regular maintenance, you increase the service life of your system. For more information about HVAC service, contact the team at Dulin Mechanical.

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