The most critical time for your Shrewsbury rental property’s air conditioning (HVAC) system to go out is during a heatwave. When the weather heats up, AC units must work hard to keep their tenants cool, and it may be, depending on your location, a habitability issue. But if your unit hasn’t been inspected or serviced lately, you’re taking a big risk that something will fail just when you need the AC the most. For this reason, the best time to get your AC equipment ready for hot weather is before it arrives. You can do so by completing a few simple preventative maintenance tasks on your AC unit each spring.
One easy way to keep your AC system running efficiently is to make sure that the condensation drain line is always clear. Clogged condensation lines can result in the drain pan filling up, which will trigger a float switch to shut off the unit. If the unit shuts off, things will heat up quickly inside your rental house, leaving your tenants hot and unhappy. At the same time, emergency service calls during peak season are neither easy to get nor inexpensive, and you may end up paying for an expensive service call that could have been prevented with simple maintenance.
Clearing an AC unit’s drain line is a simple matter of pouring ½ cup of bleach in the line a few times a year. By doing this simple maintenance task, you can avoid those heatwave emergencies and keep your Shrewsbury rental property’s AC equipment running smoothly all through the hottest parts of the year.
Other basic maintenance tasks can help you avoid an AC shut down at the worst possible time. Clearing debris away from your unit can ensure functioning efficiently and prevent overheating. Similarly, be sure to clean the blower fan and condenser coils at least once a year, and make sure that the filters are changed frequently. These tasks are small and easily overlooked, but they can lead to big problems and expensive repairs down the road if neglected.
When annual and seasonal maintenance isn’t being done, your chances of a total shutdown greatly increase. If you don’t have time to perform regular maintenance yourself, you can always have a professional HVAC technician do it for you. Most HVAC experts will also inspect your unit and the major components, from the fan motor to the compressor, for signs of problems. They can alert you if anything seems likely to fail with heavy operation and give you a chance to fix the problem before the heat arrives.
Of course, remembering to schedule regular HVAC service can be difficult sometimes, especially because it is usually only needed once or twice a year. The better solution for busy rental property owners may be to outsource property maintenance to professionals who will ensure that important annual maintenance is getting done. If you would like to know more about how to save time while ensuring that your rental property’s HVAC system is ready for hot weather, contact us online or give us a call at 508-329-6000 today.
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