If you haven’t already done so, you may want to spring forward with preparations to ready your HVAC system for even warmer weather ahead. By following these steps, your AC will be set for the official start of spring on March 20.
Clean the Outdoor Unit
After fall and winter, your outdoor HVAC unit might be surrounded by excessive debris, leaves, branches, and dirt. Clean the top and sides and clear a three-foot radius around the unit making certain nothing is obstructing air flow.
Check the Air Filter
Changing your air filter is a great way to ensure proper airflow in your home. Often an afterthought, the AC air filter is one of the most important system components. An air filter that has become clogged with undesirable contaminants or excessively dirty with pollen, pet dander, mold, or dust will let pollutants and allergens circulate throughout your home environment. The cleanliness of AC air filters is essential for family members who are especially sensitive to air quality indoors and outdoors. Filters with a paper or cardboard frame are disposable, while those air filters with a plastic or metal frame may be reusable and washable. From April to October, it’s best to replace your disposable air filters monthly or thoroughly clean reusable air filters.
Check the Drain Line
The condensate drain line is vitally important to the proper functioning of your AC system. The drain line does several things with the most critical function being to drain excess moisture outside of your home. When air is cooled inside your HVAC system, humidity is released. The humidity turns into condensation and the condensate line keeps moisture from building up inside your home and HVAC unit. Moisture can lead to mold, mildew, and corrosion. Inspect the drain line located near the outdoor condenser unit and check to make certain it’s not restricted by vegetation or blocked by dirt or debris.
Schedule a Maintenance Visit
While there are many AC spring cleaning tasks you can easily do as a homeowner, a spring preventative maintenance appointment is necessary to make certain your AC system is running safely and efficiently for the hot weather ahead. Your local professionals will do a thorough inspection, cleaning, and any needed repairs, ensuring your AC system and all its parts are functioning properly.