HVAC problems often occur when you first begin to use your A/C in the spring. Hopefully, the problem is a minor reminder that your HVAC system needs some attention before the summer months. Following are five common spring HVAC problems you may run into and the right way to address the issues.
Something as simple as forgetting to change your air filter can cause big problems for your HVAC system. When the filter becomes clogged with dirt, your A/C can overheat and shut on and off. Check the filter and make sure you change it regularly during the summer.
The evaporator coil should be cleaned every spring to remove dirt and to check for mold and mildew development. The evaporator is located in the air handler by the blower. Turn off power at the thermostat and power disconnect switch outside. You can clean the coil and fins with a cloth and brush, but it’s better to use a self-rinsing coil cleaner.
All that dirt and debris that drips from the evaporator can clog up the condensate drain and cause water to overflow the condensate pan. Pour a pint of half water and half bleach into the pan. If that doesn’t clear the clog, call your HVAC technician.
The outdoor unit of your HVAC system should be cleaned each spring. Grass clippings, leaves, and many other obstructions can block free airflow to the condenser coil. Turn off the power, and then spray off the unit with your garden hose.
The ductwork system is a sprawling network of tubes that convey cooled and heated airflow to your home. Taking care of the ducts is equally important to taking care of your A/C for optimal comfort and energy efficiency.
So, if you hear warning signs that your ducts need maintenance, such as rattling and clamoring noise, inspect all the joints for any loose connections or disjointed ducts. Wrap loose ducts with heat-resistant metal tape.
For assistance with spring HVAC problems in your Peachtree City home, contact Powers Heating & Air.