As cold as it gets in Calgary in February, it’s difficult to imagine spring, let alone getting ready for the warmer weather that will follow. But these days, with warmer temperatures becoming the norm, it’s never too early to beat the rush and book an appointment to have your air conditioner serviced early. While you may have had your furnace inspected in the fall so that it would be working for the winter, the air conditioner also needs its own inspection to get you through the warmer days that are on the way.
It’s not too soon to talk about spring HVAC maintenance. If you think about it now and schedule it soon, you can avoid the rush and make sure everything’s running right before you actually need to turn the A/C on.
How to Get Your HVAC Ready for Spring
Before you call your HVAC consultant, there are some things you can do to get ready for spring.
Once the snow has melted, clean up around the outdoor condenser. Blow away all leaves; trim debris, weeds and grass; turn the unit off and, if weather allows, clean the inside of the condenser, vacuuming up dirt and other debris. Indoors, change the air filter and make sure vents are free of obstructions.
What Does an HVAC Tech Do for Spring Maintenance?
Although HVAC consultants vary a bit in what they regularly do for service inspections, most will perform some or even all of these tasks:
- Test thermostats and calibrate them
- Inspect indoor and outdoor coils, cleaning them if need be
- Clean and flush condensate drain
- Measure blower motor amperage and voltage
- Check refrigerant
- Inspect and tighten electrical wiring
- Test capacitors
- Measure supply and return differential
- Inspect fan blade
- Inspect ducts
- Measure amperage and voltage draw of compressor
During your spring HVAC inspection, you may decide it’s a good time to upgrade some of your equipment. For instance, maybe you’ve thought of moving up to a programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat. You may even be able to get a good deal on upgraded equipment while you’re taking advantage of a spring-inspection special.
For more on spring HVAC maintenance, contact Arpi’s Industries. We serve Calgary and the surrounding area.