Spring is right around the corner in the Haverhill area, with milder days, chances to enjoy the sun and that long-sought chance for some spring cleaning.

And from there, the temps keep climbing up until the hot, humid days of a New England summer set in.

Will your AC be able to keep up?

Even though warmer weather hasn’t broken through just yet, one of the best spring cleaning tips is to get your air conditioning system checked out before problems arise in the middle of summer.

Being caught without cool air isn’t the only reason to have a maintenance checklist for your AC system now. Maintaining your equipment helps prevent both future failures and unwanted costs. Better to take the time to check up on your system now rather than deal with a far bigger replacement later that could ruin both your summer plans and your bank account.

Keeping a regular schedule of two preseason checkups each year (cooling in the spring and heating in the fall) will make sure your entire HVAC system is in top shape. Or take the guesswork out of it by letting a professional, like those at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone, keep you on schedule with a maintenance agreement.

A typical maintenance checkup should include the following:

  • Checking the thermostat. This helps make sure that your system is accurately reading the temperature in your room, which can help save energy while you are away.
  • Tightening electrical connections and measuring voltage and current on motors. If electrical connections aren’t working properly, your system can not only be at risk for failure, it can become a home safety issue.
  • Lubricating all moving parts. Without lubrication, motor parts will deal with more friction and lose energy efficiency.
  • Inspecting the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode). If the drain in your system gets stopped up, it can cause water damage and increase indoor humidity.
  • Ensuring proper and safe control operation. Check the starting cycle of the equipment to assure the system starts, operates and shuts off properly.
  • Cleaning evaporator and condenser coils. Dirty coils reduce the system’s ability to cool your home and cause the system to run longer, increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment.
  • Check your central air conditioner’s refrigerant level and adjusting if necessary. Too much or too little refrigerant will make your system less efficient.
  • Cleaning blower components to maintain airflow. Airflow problems can reduce your system’s efficiency by up to 15 percent. Make sure your air gets to you!

Even if you choose to sign a maintenance agreement and let a professional keep your HVAC system running at peak efficiency, make sure to keep your air filters in top condition. A monthly check can make sure that dirty filters aren’t blocking airflow, decreasing energy efficiency and putting unnecessary wear on your HVAC system. Replacing your filters once every three months is an easy way to stay on top of filter issues.

For more questions about how you can prepare your home HVAC system for the spring and summer, or to learn more about how maintenance agreements can help keep you comfortable all year long, talk to the pros at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone. Give them a call at 978-872-1190 to learn more about their services or set up a consultation appointment online.