Springtime is Tune-Up Time

Springtime is Tune-Up Time

Springtime is Tune-Up Time

Today is the official first day of spring and I’m ready for it. Bring on the flowers (although you can leave the pollen at home) and the sunny weather.

As we know here in South Carolina, spring can bring anything from chilly to warm to downright summerlike weather. Recognizing that hot, humid weather will be here before we know it means it’s also smart to make sure your HVAC or heat pump is working smoothly.

In other words, it’s time to schedule a spring tune up on your unit before it gets too hot and before HVAC contractors are busy fixing units in the middle of summer.

If you’re wondering what’s involved in a spring tune up or maintenance checkup, according to EnergyStar.gov, a typical maintenance checkup should include:

  • Checking thermostat settings to make sure your home is comfortable
  • Tightening electrical connections and measuring voltage and current on motors (Faulty connections not only can affect the lifespan of your components, they can also be unsafe.)
  • Lubricating moving parts to reduce friction
  • Inspecting the condensate drain to make sure it isn’t plugged
  • Checking your system’s controls for safe and proper operation
  • Cleaning evaporator and condenser air conditioning coils
  • Checking refrigerant levels
  • Cleaning and, if needed, adjusting blower components to reduce airflow issues

If you don’t have a contractor you work with regularly, you can check out the list of Santee Cooper Trade Allies. A Santee Cooper Trade Ally is an approved contractor who meets Santee Cooper’s standards and requirements to be part of our Trade Ally List.

Enjoy the warmth – and flowers – that the spring brings and prepare your HVAC or heat pump for the hot summer months.

Author Nicole Aiello

Nicole Aiello

Nicole Aiello is Santee Cooper's director of public relations. She's been working in PR since 1997. After paying her dues in the Big Apple, she decided sun, sand and surf were preferable to shoveling snow, so she made her way to South Carolina. Nicole's professional experience ranges from the celebrity and entertainment industry to tourism, nonprofit and government communications. Nicole, who holds a bachelor of science from Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, currently calls Mount Pleasant home.