About Damien

Damien McCusker, Manager of Arpi's residential service division, has been working in the HVAC industry for 16 years and has hands-on experience in new home installations, furnace and air conditioner replacements, sales and residential service. He spends most of his spare time being an UBER driver, driving his kids to soccer practice and games.

End of Winter Maintenance for Your HVAC System

Damien McCusker

Winter is flying by and spring is just around the corner, so before long, it will be time to switch over from heating to cooling your Calgary home. Before spring arrives, you should create an end of winter maintenance checklist for your HVAC system that includes these tasks:

Schedule Preventive HVAC Maintenance

Before you start up your air conditioner for the season, it should have maintenance performed that includes inspecting all the components, cleaning the condenser and evaporator coils, checking the level of refrigerant and flushing the condensate drain. The long list of tasks completed by your technician during a maintenance visit are crucial to ensure that your home's cooling equipment runs reliably and efficiently all summer long.

Get the Ducts Cleaned

Dust and debris are bound to collect in the ductwork over the winter months when your home is closed up. Having the ductwork cleaned by your HVAC pro before you switch from heating to cooling is an effective way to get rid of accumulated contaminants and allergens. Once the ducts are clean, you'll not only have a healthier air supply, but your HVAC system can operate at full capacity and efficiency.

Replace Your Furnace Filter

If your home has a forced-air HVAC system (which most do in Calgary), the air handler is shared by the heating and cooling equipment. This means there's just one air filter in place to capture debris so it can't collect on sensitive components, and the filter needs to be maintained both winter and summer. Ideally, you should inspect the filter every month and replace it if you see any dirt accumulating, or every three months at minimum.

Consider an Equipment Upgrade

If your air conditioner is close to 15 years old or it's becoming less reliable and needed repairs more often in recent years, it's worth investigating your options for replacing it before the end of the heating season. With a new, more efficient A/C in place, you'll save energy and have reliable cooling equipment with manufacturer's warranty coverage.

For expert help completing end of winter maintenance for your Calgary home's HVAC system, contact us at Arpi’s Industries.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Calgary, Alberta about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide.

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