Summer’s coming — which means it’s time to get your HVAC system back up and running! Here are four maintenance tips you can use to keep cool throughout the summer:
Clean Around Your HVAC System
When you aren’t using your HVAC system, it’s easy to forget it’s even there! Especially if it’s become camouflaged behind a wall of leaves, furniture, leaves, boxes, etc. Before you start up your HVAC system for the summer, make sure you have at least two feet of space around all your HVAC system components, both indoors and outdoors. This easy maintenance trick can help improve airflow to properly cool your home.
Check Refrigerant Lines For Leaks
While you are cleaning out the area, do a quick check for leaks in your refrigerant lines. An easy way to check for a leak is to take a look and see if there are dirty spots on your refrigerant lines. Refrigerant attracts dirt, so a leak could cause the line to look oily or dirty. If you suspect a leak in your line, give your local service technician a call. Repairing a leak often involves replacing some parts that we don’t recommend as a DIY project. For a free estimate on a refrigerant line repair in your Southwest, Florida home or business, give Gilman Cooling and Heating a call!
Change Your Air Filter
Your air filter needs to be changed every three months, and this is an HVAC maintenance task you can likely do on your own. In your HVAC user manual, you’ll find information on the type of filter you need for your specific system. Once you’ve ordered your new filter, make sure your HVAC system is turned off before you replace it.
Schedule Yearly Maintenance Sooner Rather Than Later
While changing air filters, cleaning around your HVAC, and doing a quick once over for any glaring issues with your system is fairly straightforward— a full maintenance check is quite a bit more complicated. A full maintenance check includes cleaning coils and drains, checking the thermostat and motor function, inspecting connection in-depth, and more. By scheduling preventative maintenance with Gilman Cooling and Heating, you’ll prolong the life of your system, reduce operating costs and protect your equipment’s warranty. To set up a preventative maintenance appointment in Lee, Collier, or Charlotte County, give us a call today!