Get your air conditioner in top shape by establishing a preventive maintenance plan with the experts at John’s Services and Sales.

Together, heating, cooling, and ventilation make up the largest utility expense for most Americans, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, and that’s largely attributed the intense summer heat. That season is almost here, so get ready to start cranking up the AC. It’s also time to tune up our mechanical equipment with some much-needed maintenance, and this blog will show you what it takes to get your HVAC system in peak condition.

Residential and Commercial HVAC Preventive Maintenance

To get your HVAC system summer-ready, you’ll need to design a preventive maintenance checklist with six critical processes. Here’s what you need to do to get your air conditioning equipment in optimal shape:

Shut the Power Off

When it comes to AC maintenance, safety is always the No. 1 priority. The first order of business is to turn off the HVAC system’s power. To do this, an HVAC technician will need to access to your circuit panel. They will flip the circuit breaker off to power down the condensing system. You’ll need to let the system sit like this for at least 30 minutes before you begin taking the next steps.

Replace the Air Filters

This is one of the easiest steps in the maintenance process. You should be inspecting your air handlers at least twice a year, but for best results, it’s better to check them monthly. Check your filter racks and replace them with clean air filters as often as possible. If your filters are reusable, make sure to clean off any dust or particles that build up over time. Clean air filters will help create a healthier, more efficient airflow throughout the building.   

Clean off the Coils

HVAC technicians need to take a close look at your condensing system to ensure its coils are free of obstructions. Condensing coils are radiator-style fan blades that can be found directly behind the grill of your AC system. Their purpose is to help maintain steady air circulation. When your AC rests idle during the winter, a tremendous amount of dirt and debris build up, preventing the system from generating an efficient airflow. Your contractor is responsible for brushing off the blades with a soft-bristle brush.

Unclog the Condensing System

Once the coils are clean, you’ll need to clean the base of the condenser. This is a task that needs to be performed while your AC is turned off. Remove the fan blades and clean out any excess debris, leaves, dirt, or other obstructive substances. You may even find vines or weeds in the system. Make sure these obstructive items are thrown away. You’ll also want to tighten up any loose bolts or screws during this stage.

Keep Coolant Levels in Check

Check out your refrigerant pipes to ensure there’s no risk of leakage. These coolant tubes are covered by a thick rubber coat. If any punctures or damages are identified, an HVAC technician will need to provide an immediate remedy. Before you turn the AC system back on, make sure new coolant sleeves are properly installed.

Perform Test Trials

The final step of your preventive maintenance program requires practice assessments. You’ll need to rinse off the entire unit once all previous steps have been completed. Give the system up to two hours to dry before powering it up again. While drying, make sure the thermostat is turned off. After the unit has dried, set the AC to a cold temperature and turn the thermometer back on. If it doesn’t recognize the right air temperature, you may need to schedule a repair with one of the experts at John’s Services and Sales.  

Set Up Your Preventive Maintenance Schedule Today

When it comes to HVAC preventive maintenance, John’s Services and Sales is the gold standard. We work tirelessly to make sure you get the best results from your mechanical equipment. Our team of problem solvers will be there every step of the way to help reduce energy bills and improve air comfort.

Contact us today to schedule your annual HVAC maintenance checkup!