Spring is around the corner and you need to ensure your home is ready for it. Planning things now will save you a lot of time and trouble. To get started, below are two tips of things you should do before spring arrives.
Spring is the perfect time to contact an HVAC contractor to have your system maintained. The last thing you want to have happen is to turn on the AC and have warm air blowing instead of cool.
When the HVAC technician arrives, they will start out looking at the outside unit. They will look for any type of debris that may be too close to the unit. This is because this debris can block the vents. When they finish this, they will remove the cover from the HVAC unit and inspect the inside. If there are leaves, grass, or other debris the contractor will use a hose to remove these. The fan blades will be checked to see if they are bent in any way. If they are the contractor can use a fin comb to straighten the blades. This is important as if the blades are bent the fan cannot blow the air as well.
The contractor will check the internal components, such as the blower motor, heat exchanger, condenser coil, combustion chamber, and evaporator coil. The contractor will check the refrigerant to make sure it is at the right level.
When the contractor finishes outside, they will check the thermostat inside. They may also check the duct system to inspect for any type of leaks, as well as inspect the ducts inside to see if they need to be cleaned.
Concrete Driveway Maintenance
If you receive a lot of ice and snow this can wreak havoc on a concrete driveway. When the ice and snow melts and the temperature raises. Before you do anything clean the driveway so you can inspect it better. Use a standard soap and water along with a long broom with stiff bristles. When finished use a garden hose to thoroughly clean the soap off.
When the driveway is clean, inspect the concrete closely for cracks. If you see any you need to repair these cracks. In most cases you can do this on your own if the cracks are small. Purchase a concrete crack filler at a home improvement store. This generally comes with complete instructions on how to use it. You do need to clean out the crack if there is any debris stuck in it before you get started so the filler will adhere well. If there are large cracks or any type of holes, you need to hire a professional to repair these for you.
Make sure these two things are part of your spring maintenance each year.