Spring Cleaning: The Ultimate HVAC Checklist
The first day of spring is just around the corner so we decided to make a comprehensive spring-cleaning checklist! If you’re wondering if any of this is necessary, the short answer is yes! Maintaining your air conditioning unit not only prolongs its lifespan, but it also ensures that the system is running efficiently and effectively which will save you money!
Clean Areas Where Dust Accumulates
Taking the time to clean areas that normally accumulate dust in your home can make a huge difference in the quality of air indoors! Though it may not seem like it, taking this extra step can actually enhance the efficiency of your air conditioning unit. When dust and allergens get caught in your system, it can clog your filters and become a problem.
Change your Filters
Changing your system’s filters is one of the most important tasks you can do to make sure your system continues to function properly. Ideally, changing your filters once a month is highly recommended but if you haven’t gotten around to it, now is the time to do so. Simply changing the filter can make a huge difference! If you’ve been experiencing higher than usual energy bills, more allergies, and/or your air conditioning unit blowing warmer air, it’s probably time to change your filters!
Clear the Area Around Your Outside Condenser Unit
Whether you have items stored around your unit or debris that has piled up over time, now would be the time to clear it! Having too many items surrounding your unit not only puts unnecessary strain on it, but it also creates a fire hazard.
Washing out Condenser coils
To wash your condenser coils you’ll first need to make sure your unit is off and the area around is clear of debris. Once you are ready, using a coil brush you can gently brush away any excess dirt or grime still attached to the unit. After, using a water hose, you can rinse away any remaining debris and you’re done!
Treating Algae & Debris Build up in the Drain Lines
Over time, your drain line will start to accumulate debris and in some cases, algae will start to grow. To combat and treat this problem, you can pour ¼ a cup of vinegar into your drain lines. This will not only get rid of algae, but it will also kill mold and mildew build up as well!
Scheduling Preventive Maintenance
It pays to have your system cleaned, maintained, and serviced by a professional at least once, ideally twice, a year. Having your system serviced can save you money on costly repairs and can extend the life of your unit significantly! Need your air conditioning unit serviced? Join our Planned Maintenance Program!