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4 Signs You May Need a Water Filtration System for Your Home

With summer approaching, air conditioning will soon become a priority. Rather than being surprised by a malfunction on the first hot day of the season, take steps to guarantee your unit is functioning correctly. To prepare you’re A/C for the hot summer perform the following steps or call your local air conditioning experts to ensure your system won’t let you down when you need it the most:

Remove debris from the outside unit. Prune bushes and plants to ensure they are at least three feet away from the unit in your yard. Clean the unit by removing leaves, vines, weeds and insect nests, then hose the unit down to remove dirt and mud, if necessary. Any debris attached to or near a unit can block incoming air and cause undue stress to the equipment.

Clean ductwork and vents. In addition to normal accumulation of dust and dirt, home renovation, mold, water damage, pets and smokers in the home can congest the ductwork. Vacuum air return vents regularly throughout the year for optimal performance. It is recommended that you call a professional to clean air ducts; however, homeowners can take a DIY approach with a heavy-duty vacuum and stiff bristled brush.

Begin by covering registers or air return vents with plastic to keep dust from filtering through the house. Ensure an air filter is in place to keep debris off of the A/C components. Next, turn the system fan on, but ensure the heat/cool mode is off. The fan will help blow any dust or debris through and out of the ducts as you clean. Tap your brush on any accessible ducts to loosen accumulated dirt. With the vacuum running, uncover one register at a time. Vacuum anything knocked loose during tapping, using your brush to scrub accumulated dirt, if necessary. Finish by thoroughly scrubbing and vacuuming the large air register vent.

Replace the air filter. A clean air filter allows air to flow freely throughout the house and cooling system. When the filter gets clogged or dirty, the A/C unit works harder to cycle cool air. Unnecessary stress can wear down various components in the system and reduce the life of your air conditioning unit.

Do a trial run. Turn on the A/C. If it fails to come on or does not cool well, the thermostat could be to blame. Install fresh batteries, if necessary. Remove the thermostat cover and inspect the wiring. Loose or disconnected wires could mean the thermostat is not functioning correctly and needs replacement. Once on, let the air run for a while to ensure the thermostat is operating correctly and the system is cooling efficiently.

Inspect the condensation pan. After the A/C has run for a while, look at the condensation pan and drain pipe. Search for cracks or obstructions that could lead to water not draining properly. Dust, debris and algae can clog drains resulting in water overflowing into the home and possibly damaging the unit.

Once your air condition system has been checked thoroughly, expect to enjoy a cool, worry-free summer. Knowing that your system is safeguarded against small failures should bring peace of mind. If you are unsure of the condition of your HVAC system or unable to perform maintenance yourself, contact the professionals at Hawthorne Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling.

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