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How Should Homeowners Prepare Their HVAC System for Spring?

Apr 8, 2022 | AC, Blog, Cincinnati, HVAC, OH, Ohio, SMA, Spring, Tip & Tricks

Spring is the air which means temperatures will start warming up soon. This means that now is the perfect time to get your residential HVAC system prepared and ready to handle the heat in the next few months. Of course, as a homeowner, you may already have a running list of things you want to accomplish in the next couple of weeks as you prepare. But, don’t worry, spring preparations for your HVAC system do not have to be overwhelming. In fact, Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati has decided to take it into our hands to make it an easier process for you.

You can go through the following steps to assist you in your preparations:

Did I Take Off the Condenser Cover?

If you keep a protective covering on your outdoor unit during the wintertime, it is important to remember to remove this and put it up before turning on your cooling system this season. Your air conditioning won’t be able to function correctly with the cover still on the condenser. This may be a no-brainer; however, you wouldn’t believe how common it is for homeowners to accidentally leave the cover on when turning on their AC unit for the spring and summer seasons.

Did I Clear the Condenser Area?

The area surrounding the condenser needs to be free from any obstruction. Because the condenser functions by sucking in air around it, anything can get sucked in and caught in the fan blades. This, of course, isn’t ideal, so keeping the area cleared of weeds, plants, and leaf piles is essential.  

Did I Vacuum the Vents Out?

Because vents attract and collect dust, it’s a good idea to regularly clean any dust buildup. Otherwise, that accumulated dust will just circulate in the air in your home. You can clean dirty vents out with a vacuum. On top of that, if the grates need to be wiped down as well, we suggest using warm water with soap.

Did I Change the Thermostat’s Batteries?

Typically your thermostat should notify you before its batteries go out completely. So you should have time to swap your old batteries out for some new ones before the thermostat powers off. However, it is important to remember that a low battery notification can occur when you are away from your home. Whether you are not at home due to a long day of work, or perhaps you are gone for a couple of days on a trip, it would be unpleasant to come home to a hot, stuffy house. You can prevent this from happening by changing out your batteries altogether and starting fresh this season.

Did I Make an Appointment for My Spring Tune-up & Safety Check?

If you have not done so already, we highly recommend you get your spring tune-up & safety check scheduled as soon as possible. Seasonal tune-ups and safety checks are important steps in preventative maintenance and regular upkeep of your HVAC system. In addition, they are required by the manufacturer to keep the manufacturer’s warranty active.

What Is a Service Maintenance Agreement or SMA?

Have you heard about our Service Maintenance Agreement plan, also known as an SMA? Our Service Maintenance Agreement is a one-time purchase for the year that includes two seasonal tune-up & safety checks. One is for your cooling unit in the spring. The other is for your heating unit in the fall. The SMA plan provides these two seasonal maintenance checks at a discounted rate instead of being paid for separately. Not to mention, our SMA customers also get the benefit of priority scheduling. If this intrigues you, feel free to contact us for more information!

Your Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati family is here to assist you with all your HVAC needs! We would be honored to stand alongside you to serve as your trusted, local HVAC professional. Reach us at (513) 216-5011, or schedule an appointment online by clicking here!