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Why You Should Always Start Your Spring Cleaning With Your HVAC System

Spring is here and it’s time to do some spring cleaning! When planning your home maintenance tasks for this season, starting with a thorough inspection of your HVAC system should be high on the priority list. Regular maintenance of your heating and cooling unit helps reduce repair bills, improve air efficiency, and lengthen its lifespan – all important considerations for any homeowner looking to keep their home running smoothly.

Spring is a great time to ensure your air conditioning system is working optimally, as you’ll likely need it soon when summer temperatures start soaring. Before firing up the AC for the season, double-check that everything is in proper order and ready to tackle whatever heat comes our way!

Below is a checklist of what you need to do for your HVAC system so that it’s in peak working condition.

Spring Cleaning for Your HVAC System

Replace the Filters

The best place to start is with the filters. As a general rule of thumb, you should clean or replace your HVAC filter every three months or so. Just by replacing the air filter, your system’s overall capacity will increase by about 5%. It implies less energy consumption, more comfort, and smaller expenses. If you happen to have furry pets around, you should consider checking the filters more regularly. 

When you’re replacing the filter, it’s also a good idea to check the condensate drain. It is a plastic or metal tray that collects moisture produced by the system via condensation. Make sure that the water drains as it should and that it doesn’t overflow. If the hose connecting the tray to the drainage system is clogged or other reasons are obstructing drainage, the accumulating water can damage your HVAC system or your home. 

Inspect the Duct System

Spring is also an excellent time to inspect your duct system to ensure efficient air circulation. Take a look inside and look for signs of any accumulation of dust, debris, and other particles that can obstruct airflow. You can remove the grills from the vents and wash them with warm water and mild soap.

Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any excess dust or pet hair that may have accumulated over the winter. Also, make sure that your furniture, rugs, curtains, etc., don’t block the output of your AC unit. 

Inspect the Outside Unit

As part of your spring cleaning, you should also clear any debris that may have accumulated in, on, and around your exterior HVAC unit. To maximize airflow and optimize performance, you should allow one or two feet of clearance around the unit.

As you are cleaning the system, examine the surface condition for any signs of damage, rust, or misalignment. Also, check the state of the insulation foam around the line that goes from the unit into the house.

When Should You Call an Expert?

Regular maintenance checks are essential to ensure the proper functioning of your HVAC system. Also, if you notice any signs of trouble such as damaged parts, water leaks to your indoor units, or if the outdoor unit doesn’t turn off. It’s also advisable to contact a professional if your duct system is clogged with debris

If you require assistance with your HVAC system, Frederick Air is here to help. Contact us today if you have any questions or are looking for a professional that can help with your HVAC maintenance or repairs

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