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Spring Checklist
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Spring is making its way into the Tristate.  You’re beginning to think about warmer weather and spending lots of time outside hanging at the pool, grilling with the family and getting to know your yard again.  All of that sounds great but don’t forget about summer heat and humidity that will inevitably get here and the time you’ll still be spending inside to cool off.  You’re going to want to make sure that when you need it your air conditioner is ready and able. 

The following are five important steps to making sure that there are no unpleasant surprises when things get hot and you flip that switch:

·       Clean or Change the Filter – Different units have different filters so maintenance schedules can vary but they all need to be cleaned and/or changed regularly.  Keeping this part of your unit clean and free of clogs should be a priority all year round. 

·       Clean Indoor Ductwork – While you can’t get to all of your hidden duct work yourself, you can remove the registers to wipe clean the visible parts and to inspect for water damage, punctures or regular wear and tear.  Should you see any dampness or damage, call a professional.  There can be multiple factors causing these issues and only a pro can really get to the bottom of the issue so do not try to repair this on your own.

·       Keep the Outdoor Unit Clean and Replace Fan Belts – A blocked condenser (your outside unit) can easily get clogged by outdoor debris like grass clippings and weeds so make sure that you get out and keep the area around it clear. Use a soft cloth to wipe away any debris from the fan coils, but be gentle so as not to bend them.  While you’re at it, make it a point to check and adjust or replace fan belts as needed making sure that you get the right part for your particular system. Do this often and not only will you boost efficiency and save on energy bills but you’ll prevent damage that can be expensive to repair.

·       Clean and Dry the Dehumidifier – If you have a dehumidifier instead of or alongside your air conditioning unit make sure that you take time to remove the casing and let it air out and dry completely.  Vacuum out the entire unit thoroughly to remove dust and dirt that can clog the unit and keep it from working efficiently.

·       Schedule a Pre-Season Tune-Up by a Professional – No matter how much preventative and preparatory maintenance you are able to do yourself you should still call in the professionals to give your air conditioner or dehumidifier a tune-up.  Compared to the cost of major AC repairs or replacement the cost of a tune up whenever the seasons change from winter to summer and back again can keep your system alive and well and your wallet a whole lot fatter.

Whether you’ve already gone through your checklist or you just don’t have the time for all of the extra work the pros at Crane Heating and Air Conditioning are standing by ready to help. Contact us online at info@craneheatingandair.com or give us a call at 513-641-4700. We can help you with all of your HVAC maintenance and repair needs and get your spring off to a start with some peace of mind.





 

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