Spring is one of those lovely times of year where we feel encouraged by change. We’re all about getting rid of the old and bringing in the new. The weather might not feel all that different for us fortunate folks in the Inland Empire, but a new season still brings some much-needed tidying up, cleaning, and preparation around the house. Your home’s HVAC is no exception!

At Affordable Comfort, we’re more than happy to come out and take a look at your A/C unit if you run into an emergency. Servicing homes and businesses in Alta Loma, Anaheim, Claremont, Corona, Eastvale, Fontana, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, and more, we’ll stop by ASAP if you have an issue.

But as always, preventative measures are your best resource. If you know what to look for in your air conditioning, you’ll have a better chance of getting problems fixed before they get out of hand (and more expensive). See how you can prep and inspect your A/C unit for the summer, and contact Affordable Comfort for a routine HVAC checkup!

Check the Outdoor Unit Panels

For outdoor A/C units, your system will have panels that protect the inner electrical connections — and also protect you from being exposed to live wires. These panels can sometimes end up breaking off, so if you see a panel that’s missing, misaligned, or broken, it would be something to talk to your HVAC specialist about.

One thing to keep in mind: Because these panels are the barrier between you and electricity, it’s highly important to consult with a specialist before continuing. The last thing you want is to encounter a system break that exposes you to electricity, which could result in serious potential danger. Give our HVAC team at Affordable Comfort a call before proceeding.

Look for Condenser Covers

As talked about on Angie’s List, “If you covered the outdoor coil in order to protect it during the winter months, be sure to remove the cover before starting the system. These covers protect and insulate the coil, but also limit any heat transfer.” Many people forget to take off these covers before turning on their air conditioning for the first time, and it usually ends up in some pretty hefty (and costly) damage.

Inspect the Air Filter

Air filters are great for trapping dirt, dust, pollen, and other particles that float with ease through the air. However, these particles will build up with just as much ease over time. When this happens, cool air can’t flow through as freely, and your A/C unit has to work harder. Not only is this uncomfortable (especially when it’s the middle of July in Southern California), but it also ends up costing you more and isn’t energy efficient. Changing or even just cleaning the air filter could make a huge difference in your monthly energy bill.

Listen for Sounds

The best HVAC system is one that you never think twice about. If you hear strange noises coming from your air conditioning, such as clanging or banging sounds, there’s a good chance that something is amiss. Get in touch with Affordable Comfort to make sure everything’s running as it should.

Wipe the Vents

If you have a central air conditioning system, you’ll want to wipe down the vents where air comes out. Use a white cloth or rag to clean out the dust. It’s likely that you’ll just see dust after wiping down the vents, but if you end up seeing black fuzz, this could be a sign of mold. This is another thing to bring up with your HVAC specialist when it’s time for your annual routine checkup.

Replace Fan Belts

Some A/C units have fan belts, particularly furnaces with electric blowers. Once spring rolls around each year, it’s a good time to completely turn off the power to your A/C unit, take off the cover (if you have a fan belt), and make sure the fan belt is fitting nicely and doesn’t have any cracks.

Do Some Math

When you’ve done a great job taking care of your air conditioning, there’s a good chance it will last 10-15 years. However, many of us live in homes where the A/C unit has been there longer than we have. Spring is a superb time to think about how old your air conditioning system is — and whether you should start thinking about replacing it.

If you’re not sure how old your system is, call Affordable Comfort. We can give you a pretty good indication of when you’ll need to replace it, and we’ll give you some options of energy-efficient units that could keep your home cooler and more comfortable.

Test it Out

It’s best to check to make sure your system is working before it’s an insanely hot day in Southern California. Pick a warm spring day to fire up your A/C unit — once you’ve done these checks, of course. Wait a few minutes, and make sure that cool air is coming out. If not, you can probably guess who we’re going to recommend calling!

Schedule an HVAC Check

Even if you perform all these checks yourself, it’s still a great idea to consult with an HVAC specialist once a year. The professionals at Affordable Comfort have the expertise, honesty, and integrity you deserve to ensure your air conditioning is going to be in great shape for the warm months ahead. Give us a call to schedule your routine checkup today!