The air conditioning that you use to keep your home cool during the summer months is often forgotten about during the cold winter months. If you have forgotten to do maintenance or winterization before you turned it off in fall, there may be some repairs, maintenance and damage that winter weather has caused and needs to be repaired. Here are some tips to help with the inspection and repairs that your AC is going to need before the summer heatwaves return.
1. Problems with Drainage Lines and Damage Caused by Freezing
AC systems have drainage lines to allow condensation and moisture to drain out of the system. If you do not winterize your system and clean moisture and debris out of drain lines, winter freezing can cause them to become damaged. If the lines are located inside your home or near other HVAC components, this can lead to other damage. Inspect lines and look for signs of moisture that could be cracks or leaks that need to be repaired before you start using your AC.
2. Damage to Heat Pumps and Condensation Units Due to Trees and Snowfall
Heat pumps and condensation units can be damaged by winter precipitation like ice and snow or by trees and other environmental conditions. Before you begin using your AC, you will want to inspect the system for obvious signs of damage, such as damage grates or damage to the condensation fins of the unit. Repair the damage or have an HVAC repair service do the repairs to ensure they do not cause major problems when you start using the cooling.
3. Dealing with Mold and Mildew from Moisture Getting Trapped in AC Units
Mold and mildew can be a serious problem when you remove winterization and get ready to do maintenance to your AC. It is important to inspect the outdoor AC unit for mildew after you remove a cover, which is caused by not allowing for ventilation when covering air conditioners for winterization. You will also want to inspect areas of ductwork and vents for mold and mildew problems, which often develop when ductwork systems are installed in crawl spaces or unfinished basements.
4. Reducing Energy Loss Due to Damaged Ductwork and Air Leaks
Throughout the year, there are many things that can cause damage to HVAC ductwork. The damage can be caused by just wear, animals or be due to water damage. Inspect all the ducts in your home for air leaks and repair insulation and leaking connections to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning during the hot summer months.
These are some tips to help you with inspection and repair of your AC before you start using it when hot weather returns. If you need help with inspection and repairs, contact a professional air conditioning repair service for help.