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Heat pump and air conditioning maintenance

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Below are simple actions you can take to help prevent any system breakdowns during the hot days of summer!

Cooling conservation

  • To comfortably cool your home, your heat pump or air conditioner must remove both heat and humidity. Don’t turn your system off even though you will be away all day. On a hot day, your system may have to operate between 8 to 12 hours to reduce the temperature in your home to a normal comfort level.
  • Keep windows closed after sundown. While the outdoor temperature at night may be lower than indoors, the air is generally loaded with moisture which is soaked up by furniture, carpets, and fabrics. This moisture must be removed when you restart your system.
  • The hotter the outside temperature, the greater the load on your system. Therefore do not be alarmed when your system continues to run after the sun has set on a hot day. Heat is stored in your outside walls during the day and will continue to flow into your home for several hours after sunset.
  • Use your kitchen exhaust fan when cooking. One surface burner on HIGH requires one ton of cooling.
  • Turn on your bathroom exhaust fan while showering to remove humidity. However, exhaust fans should not be run excessively. It would decrease efficiency by removing conditioned air.
  • You can also help your system in the summer by closing drapes or blinds and by lowering awnings on windows that get direct sunlight.

Coil care

  • Keep the outdoor unit free of loose snow, foliage, grass clippings, leaves, paper, and any other material which could restrict the proper air flow in and out of the unit.
    The coil may be vacuumed to remove any debris from between the fins. However, don’t knock ice off the outdoor unit’s coil surface following an ice or severe snowstorm. The blows could mash the coil fins shut (blocking air passage), or break the refrigerant tubing allowing the refrigerant to escape.
  • If the coil becomes excessively dirty, turn the main disconnect switch to OFF and wash the coil with your garden hose. Avoid getting water into the fan motor and control box. Flush dirt from base pan after cleaning the coil.

Filter care

  • Inspect the air filter(s) at least once a month. If they are dirty, wash reusable filters with a mild detergent per manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Replace disposable filters with new filters.
  • Install the clean filters with “air flow” arrow in the same direction as the air flow in your duct. Filters should be clean to assure maximum efficiency and adequate air circulation.
  • Drapes, furniture or other obstructions blocking your supply and return air grilles will also decrease efficiency.

Annual maintanence

  • A periodic inspection, cleaning, lubrication and adjustment of your heat pump or air conditioner is recommended.
  • The owner/user should not attempt to disassemble the equipment nor perform the periodic maintenance unless they are experienced and qualified to do so.

To schedule your systems annual maintenance call us today at 1-800-398-HOME (4663) and check out our Guardian Maintenance Club!

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Getting your home A/C ready for spring in Seattle

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Throughout the winter season, keeping your heating system functioning efficiently is your main concern. However, even while it’s not in use, it’s important to continue caring for your air conditioner to prevent problems in the spring. Although warm weather may still be a few weeks away, there are several steps you can take today to help get your air conditioner ready for the cooling season. Now is also a good time to schedule your home’s spring HVAC tune-up—a professional inspection and cleaning is the very best way to enjoy problem-free cooling throughout the spring and summer months.

Check and clear the outdoor uUnit

Central air conditioning systems are comprised of one unit located indoors near your furnace, and a second unit located outside. While the outdoor component of your A/C is designed to withstand the winter weather, it’s a good idea to check on it periodically and clear the area of any debris. As the cold weather begins to wane and the growing season begins, check this area again and cut back any trees, landscaping, or other plants to keep the space within three feet of your air conditioner’s condenser clear in all directions. Inspecting the unit for signs of damage from falling objects or pests over the winter gives you time to address any concerns you may have or make any repairs necessary well in advance of the cooling season.

Adjust your cooling program

Programmable thermostats make maintaining home comfort easy and convenient by adjusting the amount of heating or cooling your HVAC system delivers to fit your schedule. If your cooling program from last year is still programmed into your thermostat, check it against your upcoming schedule to determine whether changes are needed, based on the times you will be at home and away. The best way to save energy and reduce stress on your HVAC system is to call for less cooling during times when you aren’t home, and more during the hours you’re present. Making adjustments to your cooling schedule now means you can’t forget to do it later, allowing you to enjoy energy-efficient cooling from the moment you activate your air conditioner for the season. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, it’s never too late to consider installing one to enjoy the benefits it can offer.

Test your A/C

Even though the weather may still be cool, there is no better way to ensure your A/C is ready for the spring than to test it. Take a moment to set your thermostat to a temperature at least three degrees cooler than the current reading and switch your system to cool. Make sure your air conditioner activates, and take note of the delay between switching your A/C on and the activation of your cooling system; if the delay seems longer than you remember, your air conditioner may need attention. Let your air conditioner run for a few minutes to make sure it seems to be operating as you expect—if you notice any loud or strange noises while the A/C is running, call your HVAC service for an inspection to handle the issue before the cooling season begins.

Taking care of your cooling system, even during the off season, will ensure efficient function and reduce the risk of breakdowns when you’re ready to switch on the A/C. For Seattle air conditioning service, trust Washington Energy. We provide the highest quality HVAC service in the Seattle market. Request an appointment online today or call to schedule an appointment at 800-389-4463.

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