Finally, this long, cold winter is close to over. Believe it or not, Spring starts March 20th! The thought of using your air conditioner might be far from front of mind however springtime is the best time for routine AC maintenance. Springtime is clean and check time.
- Before cranking up your AC, it’s best to make sure everything is working properly. Even minor issues can lead to time, money and upset renters.
Set your tenants up for success through ensuring their AC will work its best. Plus, if you catch any issues now you’re at the front of the line whereas if you wait until it gets warmer out, the line for an HVAC tech to come out will most likely be longer therefore causing your tenants to be without AC and nobody wants that!
What Exactly is a Clean and Check?
- Your HVAC technician will clean the evaporator and condenser coils to restore function.
These coils work hard!
They transfer heat and they are exposed to outside air entering the home.
This air often contains dust and debris that builds up on these coils which reduce the coils’ ability to move heat.
- Your HVAC technician will check your air filters to see if they need to be replaced.
Air filters should be replaced regularly to ensure your renters are getting clean air throughout their home.
Especially during the pandemic, proper air circulation is essential.
9 times out of 10 your HVAC technician will find your air filters are dirty and need to be replaced.
Dirty air filters limit air flow into the home which also reduces the ability to cool and the blockage can stress your AC system which may lead to other HVAC problems.
But Wait, There’s More…
- Your HVAC technician will check the contactor, capacitor, motors and connections.
The contactor is a part of the HVAC system that tells your AC to turn on.
If this contactor fails, your rental home will not get AC.
Checking to see your HVAC system is free from electrical issues is imperative to keeping your HVAC from avoiding system failures.
- Your HVAC technician will take a peek at your refrigerant levels.
Refrigerant runs through the AC system’s coils while picking up heat and carrying it outside.
If your levels are low this usually means there is a leak which will prompt your tech to take a deeper dive into your system to see if there is a bigger problem at hand.
Low refrigerant means less of the ability to cool the home.
- Even your HVAC system uses a little elbow grease.
There are tons of moving parts within your AC.
Thankfully your HVAC tech will make sure your entire system is properly lubricated.
This prevents any squeaky wheel and system malfunctions.
- Your rental home’s thermostat may slowly lose its ability to accurately track temperature.
Dust may enter the thermostat and block contact points which result in poor reading.
When thermostats are off, even by a single degree, air conditioners will run when they shouldn’t and won’t when they should.
Thankfully your HVAC technician knows how to verify thermostats and if they are giving inaccurate readings.
Plus your HVAC technician knows how to recalibrate thermostats, if need be.
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All in All
- Your HVAC technician’s Clean and Check will triple check everything is in good working order by looking to see if your HVAC system has any rust, corrosion or leaks. The check will include taking a look at the ductwork and registers which may have small leaks.
Schedule your spring clean and check sooner than later. Routine maintenance is key for optimizing your HVAC’s performance and making sure your renters stay cool all season long.
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