Austin and the rest of Central Texas have dealt with on-and-off rain for several weeks and although that has been nice for our front lawns, forecasts have showers dropping out of upcoming weather patterns in favor of clear skies and increasingly hot temperatures, according to the National Weather Service. It appears that will be the last rain for North and Central Texas for quite some time. We will be be settling into a pattern of typical Texas heat for summer weather: mostly sunny, hot and humid. Highs will be in the mid 90s all week long. Heat Index values will still range from 100 to 104 degrees. Unfortunately, there won’t be much of a breeze to alleviate the heat here in the Texas region.

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What do you need to do next?

It is time for Airtech Energy to get ahead of the Texas heat and come out to your residence and/or commercial space for HVAC maintenance.

You can’t put together an HVAC to-do list without a professional. We’ve broken them in to specific timelines so that you can easily differentiate between what needs to get done to get ahead of the Texas heat:

Right now

  • Check that the area around the visible indoor and outdoor components of your HVAC system are free of dirt, debris, and foliage.
  • Clear at leasat two feet of space around all HVAC system components.
  • If you haven’t already, buy high-efficiency air filters so that you have them ready to go. If you don’t have a high-efficiency filter in place already, swap one in.

Once a month

  • Inspect your air conditioner refrigerant lines for leaks. These two lines, which are typically copper, connect your outdoor air conditioner to your system’s indoor evaporator coil.

Once a season

  • Replace the air filter every 90 days.
  • Turn off water to the furnace humidifier in the summer.
  • Replace the humidifier filter and turn water back on in the fall.

Once a year

  • Go through your home and replace the batteries in all of your carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Lubricate your HVAC motor and replace the fan belt if it’s not running efficiently.
  • Clean your AC condensation drain line with bleach. Directions on how to do that here.
  • Take a look at your outdoor AC unit and ensure that, in addition to being free of debris, the unit is standing on level ground.

If you follow this list and make sure to do the right tasks at the right times, your HVAC system should run well for a long time. The life expectancy of an HVAC system is about 10 to 25 years—and with preventative maintenance you can expect yours to last closer to 25 than 10- especially with a good system like Carrier or other systems sold by Airtech.

Contact us today to get us out for your maintenance and assess what you need going into summer.


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