Its Spring! What you Need to do to Make sure your AC is Running Trouble Free
Those cool, comfy spring temperatures won’t last forever. Now’s the time to give your AC system the TLC it deserves before temperatures start rising. This spring cleaning task will pay back more in comfort and monetary savings than any other chore on your list, ensuring trouble-free summertime operation, lower cooling bills, and extended system life.
Your AC system needs regular attention to ensure it’s operating at the highest efficiency.
Shut Off Power
Prevent electrical and machinery dangers by turning off power to your unit at the exterior shut-off box near the unit, and the breaker box.
Change Your Air Filter
Air filters should be replaced regularly – every 3 months max – but preferably monthly, unless you’ve been instructed otherwise by your HVAC professional due to your HEPA-style filter. Dirty filters increase energy costs and shorten the lifespan of your system. Be sure to replace your filter with one of the same airflow rating, or the reduced airflow could result in system issues. If you’d like to upgrade to a better filter, consult an HVAC pro in advance so they can make the necessary adjustments to accommodate filter-related airflow changes.
With a soft broom or the help of a wet/dry vac, remove debris such as leaves, grass, and trash that is stuck on the fan cage. Be sure to clear/weed the area 2 feet in all directions of the system to ensure proper airflow to the unit.
Using a strong stream from a garden hose, wash away built-up dirt and debris between fins. (NEVER use a pressure washer, it can damage fins.)
Turn the Power Back On
You’ve done a great job so far, but there’s still one more thing left to do…