As the month of March approaches, it’s time to start thinking about the facility maintenance tasks that need to be performed in the spring. HVAC systems need spring cleaning and inspections to ensure optimal performance during the hot summer. The spring HVAC maintenance checklist should include an inspection, repairs and adjustments to make sure your air conditioner operates at its highest level of efficiency.
Change air filters: Air filters need to be changed regularly. They remove particulates, dust, dirt, mold, pollen, fibers and other contaminants that can make your indoor air uncomfortable to breathe.
Clean area around outdoor condenser units: Keep the outdoor cabinet containing the condenser unit and other important components free of debris. This will prevent blocked vents which reduces airflow. Remove all grass, leaves, mud, sticks, litter and other materials from your coil and vents. Be sure to also straighten any bent coils and clean your cabinet with water and a mild soap.
Clean interior parts: Blower fans, evaporator coils and control panels need to be cleaned in addition to lubricating moving parts to ensure smooth movement.
Check refrigerant level: Check the amount of refrigerant, also known as the charge, and add as necessary to manufacturer-specified operational levels. If any signs of a refrigerant leak are present, find the leak and have it repaired before the equipment is put into service for the season.
Inspect and calibrate controls: Check all controls for proper functioning and that the equipment turns on and off correctly. Thermostats should be calibrated as needed for accurate temperature readings.
Clean and tighten electrical connections: Small vibrations can eventually cause connections to loosen. Loose connections can potentially cause damage if they aren’t found in time.
Clear drain lines: Condensate drains should be clear of obstructions so moisture can flow away freely. To prevent algae growth, an algaecide may need to be applied.
These tips can help prevent major breakdowns and equipment failures and improve HVAC performance. With improved efficiency, you can reduce energy consumption, improve indoor air quality and save money.
For more information or help with your HVAC system, call MAC today. MAC is a contractor Kansas City property and facility managers have trusted for more than 25 years. MAC can help you with any facility repairs, remodeling, custom cabinetry and many other projects. Contact us today for a free consultation.