How to Get Your Air Conditioning Unit Ready for Summer

Ready For Summer

With the hot weather approaching quickly, the last thing you want is to find out that your air conditioner doesn’t work. If it’s something you can’t fix and you need AC repair Denver technicians to come out, be sure to get on their schedule as this is a busy time of year for their services.  Air conditioners are high-capacity appliances that can easily break down while sitting idly during the winter months, gathering dust, leaves, twigs and other debris, waiting for the next start, but with these easy maintenance operations you can make sure your unit will serve you well during the summer:

  • Turn off the power to the unit before you do any inspection or cleaning – it is essential for your safety;
  • Clean or replace filters – take out and clean permanent filters or replace disposable filters to make sure the flow of air through the unit is unobstructed. While you are at it, clean the filter casing and the filter grilles with some gentle detergent and water;
  • Clean the condenser unit – the condenser is usually located outdoor and it has large fans that can be easily damaged by debris or objects that obstruct their movement;
  • Clean the entire condenser coil with a soft brush and coil cleaner spray and pay attention to the condenser drain as well;
  • Clean the area around the outdoor unit as well – remove any debris as well as vegetation that might grow on the unit;
  • When the cleaning is complete, make sure that all the components are properly installed and fixed into place.

DIY Furnace Maintenance Tips


Change Out Old Air Filters with New

The maintenance of your furnace is essential for preserving the efficiency and health of the heating and cooling system in your home, but not all maintenance operations require you to hire a Denver heating and cooling professional – here are the most important maintenance activities that you can handle yourself:

  • Vacuuming the burners – burners can function properly only if they are free of dust and other debris. Turn off the power switch and the gas supply, then simply take a vacuum cleaner and run the hose around the burners and the base of the furnace.
  • Cleaning the blower and the control panel – remove the screws that hold the blower and the control panel in place as well and clean them with a soft brush.
  • Clean the pilot, too – pilots are usually small, so the easiest way to clean them is by blowing the dust with the help of a drinking straw.
  • Clean the flame sensor – the sensor can become covered in dust and other residues, so make sure it is clean. If you see any deposits, use a soft cloth to remove them.
  • Pay attention to the filters – clogged filters are the most common cause of diminished furnace efficiency. Replace disposable filters or clean permanent ones, if that is the type that your furnace uses.

The Skills Needed for a Commercial HVAC Career

Commercial HVAC

Commercial HVAC technicians are the professionals who handle the installation, maintenance and repair of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems. To be successful in their work, they need technical skills and soft skills as well – here is what it takes to make a career in handling commercial HVAC systems:

  • Technical skills – commercial HVAC technicians need to be familiar with how HVAC units work and they also need to be able to read wiring diagrams and other types of technical drawings. They also need to be able to carry out the scheduled interventions in a timely and professional manner.
  • Other types of professional knowledge – HVAC units, even small one, are complex machines that work with electricity or gas, so commercial HVAC technicians also need to possess knowledge regarding the safety regulations to be obeyed when installing, maintaining or repairing HVAC equipment. Knowledge in commercial refrigerator systems are beneficial.
  • Certificates, qualifications, licenses and other documents – each state has their own set of requirements regarding the qualifications and the licenses required of HVAC technicians and the type of the insurance and bonds are also different for each state.
  • Communication skills – HVAC technicians need to communicate professionally with clients, suppliers and coworkers as well.
  • Accuracy, punctuality – two skills that are essential for making a career in HVAC installation, repair and maintenance.