Technical Tip 5: HVAC Maintenance for Winter’s End

Spring is coming – and in most areas Goodin Company’s customers operate, it’s already here whether we’re ready for it or not. That means it’s time to prep HVAC systems for the months ahead. As you know, HVAC maintenance is a crucial part of getting any residence ready to transition from the cooler temps of winter to the warmth of spring and summer. Here are some tips for prepping an HVAC system for winter’s end that you can pass on to your customers, and some for you, too.

Homeowners can do some simple prep work to help keep your work to a minimum when you come out to do a spring maintenance check.

Take the cover off and clean the unit. First things first, right? Homeowners can take the cover off and brush off any debris on and around the unit.

Test the thermostat. Has it been working all winter? Ensure it’s working when customers make the move from heating to cooling.  It might be a good time to switch to a programmable, smart thermostat, too.

Take a listen. When you fire up the HVAC in the spring, does it object? Do you hear any strange noises? Does it sound like your grandfather getting up from the couch? If so, it could be a problem for an HVAC technician to look into.

Schedule Spring maintenance visits: We always talk about preventative maintenance, but it is necessary for any machine to prevent trouble before it starts. A tune up for their AC units before the hot weather sets in ensures you won’t be dealing with emergency calls later.


To-dos for HVAC techs:

Getting calls to inspect HVAC systems for the upcoming warm weather? After you turn off the power to the HVAC system, here are a few things to put on your list to check out:

Check and clear away debris. Critters making a home in the unit over the winter? Leaves, dirt and other debris clogging things up? Use a hand vac or old-fashioned elbow grease to clean the unit. It’s also a good time to look at vegetation and clear it.

Change the air filter. A clean filter improves indoor air quality and helps the unit run at top efficiency. Check their AC manufacturer’s recommendations on the frequency doing this step.

Inspect the panels. While you’re there cleaning the unit, inspect the panels that protect the electrical components from snow and rain. Everything okay there? If not, replace it before your customers fire up the HVAC.

Check the electrical connections. Everything up to par with the wiring? Any wear and tear, loose connections or damage of any kind?

Clean the evaporator coil. Take a look and remove any dust or debris that has accumulated over the summer.

Check refrigerant level. Ensure the refrigerant level is in the proper range and check for any leaks that might have occurred during the winter.

Inspect the drainage line. Look for clogs that might lead to backups and damage to the unit.

Is it level? Sometimes the concrete pad where the unit sits will shift and settle as the ground freezes and thaws. If the unit isn’t level, it could lead to improper operation and additional wear and tear. If you find that it is tippy or has shifted, break out the trusty shims.

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