Freshen Up Your Air Conditioner
April is chugging along and as temperatures continue to rise, the hum of air conditioning units will begin to sing louder as the Florida summer gets closer and closer. Since we’re smack dab in the middle of spring cleaning season, it would be a prudent part of your plan to get ready for summer to make sure your home’s air conditioning system is also freshened up for the extensive use it will see in the coming months. Here’s a helpful list of things to check up and check out to make sure you have a nice, cool season ahead of you this year.
Give your unit room to breathe. A clean, well kept area outside of your home around your condenser will help the machine run properly. Make sure to clean any debris around your unit that might have accumulated over fall and winter. Trim back overgrown shrubbery and pull any unruly weeds from around the perimeter as well.
Check your drain line. Another thing to be mindful of when preparing your air conditioning system for summer is maintaining a clean drain line. Take a look at the drain pan, located inside the air handler. Using a flashlight (if necessary), check the opening of the condensation drain line for anything that would clog the line. Next, clean the drain pan out, noting any condensation in the pan. If you find condensation in the pan, it is possible that your line is clogged. You can pour a cup of bleach in the access opening of the drain line to help eradicate any mold, mildew or algae that has formed in the line.
Restock your filter cache. The monthly filter change is one of the easiest (and also most forgotten) things you can do to ensure proper maintenance and operation of your home air conditioning system. It can be as easy as setting a monthly reminder in your phone, or marking your calendar. Your air conditioning system circulates a tremendous volume of air each day, and with that air comes dust, pollen and pet dander. Over time, these particles can accumulate in the ducts and restrict air flow, and also cause your unit to work harder than it needs to — which can lead to costly repairs if left unchecked.
We’ve given you a few things to add to your spring cleaning checklist. Come back next week for a few more money-saving tips on your air conditioning maintenance, or give us a call and we can schedule an HVAC professional to help you in person!