As the weather warms, Woonsocket-area homeowners will find themselves relying on their cooling systems more heavily. Before the cooling system really kicks off, though, you should take some time to go through your spring furnace maintenance checklist to put your furnace to rest for the season. Checking over your A/C is a good idea, too.
- Look over your thermostat settings to make sure you’re comfortable when you’re home. Turn back your thermostat when you go out for the day or go to sleep: a programmable thermostat can do this for you, so you don’t have to remember.
- Check your electrical connections, and make sure that nothing has come loose. Connections that aren’t secured don’t just run the risk of turning your system off, they can also cause damage to your system’s internal components.
- With the system off, lubricate moving components like your blower fan. When these aren’t lubricated, they experience much more friction, which can cause them to draw more power and wear out faster.
- Make sure that the condensate drain is clear, and that any pumps in the drain are working correctly. If the drain is clogged, the standing water can encourage mold and fungal growth, and the added humidity will make it harder to cool your home.
- Test the system to make sure it powers on and off correctly when the thermostat is set.
- Change your air filter. A clogged air filter reduces airflow through your home, and it puts additional strain on your blower fan’s motor. You should change your air filter every month that your central air system is in operation.
- Call your local HVAC experts to schedule your annual maintenance. Your NATE-certified professionals will be able to take care of any maintenance that you can’t, and they will advise you if it looks like any parts of your system need repair.
For any help in checking off the items on your spring furnace maintenance checklist, call us at Victory · Heating · Air Conditioning · Plumbing! V is for Victory in maintaining your home’s HVAC systems.