Spring Maintenance and Your HVAC UnitSpring maintenance on your home is necessary to ensure you and your loved ones comfort. You are probably already getting rid of the dust in your home from the long winter, but this will not make the air any easier to breathe. The following maintenance tips will not only keep your AC unit working properly, they will improve the quality of your indoor air.
Changing Your FilterYour AC filter removes pet dander, dust and numerous additional contaminants from the air. When your filter is clogged, it is less efficient and works harder than it should. Depending on your location, your filter should be changed once every one to two months. You may need to change it more often if you live in a dusty area or have several pets. This will improve the efficiency of your AC unit and your air will be cleaner and fresher.
Removing the DebrisAfter a long winter, the chances are good there will be debris around your unit. Start by cutting down any shrubs or plants growing closer than two feet from your unit. Use your vacuum cleaner brush attachment to clean the fins. You must be extremely gentle because rough handling will cause damage or bend the fins. You can use a fin comb or a table knife to gently straighten any bent fins. Remove any stubborn debris or dirt by hosing down the fins.
Cleaning the Drainage HolesYour AC unit must be able to drain away the water that forms as it conditions and cools your air to work properly. Look at the back of your unit and you will see drainage holes. When they are clogged, your AC unit will be unable to drain correctly. This will decrease the efficiency by placing additional stress on your unit. Your AC may not be able to remove the humidity in the air. You can clean out the drainage holes with a paperclip. Make certain any clogs are completely removed to ensure your AC unit can run smoothly.
Cleaning the Outside of Your Unit
Your compressor is located outside. This can easily get covered with plants, cones, leaves and fallen debris. Fluffy seed heads and floating seeds can clog the compressor. The safest and easiest way to clean it is to call an HVAC professional.
One of the best ways to protect your air conditioner and ensure it remains efficient is to have it serviced by HVAC professionals. The contractors will ensure the moving parts have been lubricated, that the unit is functioning correctly and find any potential issues before they become major and expensive repairs. Your best option is to call on of the professionals at Ductworks Heating & Air Conditioning and schedule a pre-season service.