Spring is knocking on our doors. Soon, the air will get warmer and you will have to switch over from heating your home to cooling it. Throughout the winter, your heater has been working hard to keep your home warm. Now it’s time for your air conditioning system to take charge. Here are some tips to prepare your HVAC system for the transition from a reputable heating system repair company in Sacramento.
Test Your Air Conditioning System
First and foremost, you need to check which parts of your air conditioning system are working and which need your immediate attention. Switch your HVAC system from heat to cool. Reduce your thermostat temperature by a few degrees. As your system runs a cycle, take note of:
- Unusual knocking and banging noises
- The time taken by the system to complete one cycle and whether it stops at any point mid-cycle
- Whether your indoor air is actually getting cooler
- Odors and debris or discharge around the unit
- Whether any vents are closed
Schedule Your Pre-Spring HVAC Maintenance
A malfunctioning HVAC is a cause for concern and can give rise to major inconveniences and safety issues. HVAC experts recommend getting HVAC systems cleaned and maintained at least twice every year, once before spring and once before winter. When your HVAC expert arrives to maintain your system, you can use your notes from the AC test to inform the professional about where the problems are that you worry can impact the efficiency of your system. During a maintenance session, your HVAC expert will:
- Thoroughly clean different parts of the system and the areas around the unit
- Fix leaks and repair or replace worn-out parts
- Replace old filters with new ones
- Lubricate different mechanisms
Check Your Thermostat
Make sure the temperature displayed by your thermostat matches the actual indoor air temperature. A mismatch can mean you will be paying more for cooling. Additionally, you may miss warning signs that your system is failing. If you are already not using a programmable thermostat, now is a good time to upgrade.
Get Your Air Duct Tested and Cleaned
Air ducts accumulate dust with time. Clogged air ducts will drag down the efficiency of your HVAC system and increase your cooling cost. Impure air circulated by dirty air ducts can aggravate allergies and asthma. In a worst-case scenario, clogged air ducts can create a fire hazard. To determine whether your air ducts need a thorough cleaning, ask your HVAC expert to perform an air duct test. Duct cleaning will involve removing dust, dander, debris, pollen, and toxins that clog your ducts.
Get a Carbon Monoxide Detector Installed
Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, so detecting a carbon monoxide leak is very difficult. To steer clear of the safety risk, consider getting a carbon monoxide detector installed.
Is your malfunctioning heating system in Sacramento giving you sleepless nights? South Placer Heating and Air is here to help. We are a team of highly focused and focused HVAC experts. Whatever the extent and nature of your problem, you can count on us to deliver. To talk to an HVAC expert, call us at (916) 246-2089.