Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Air Conditioner

Spring ushers in a change in weather, green grass and leaves, and budding flowers and trees. This time of fresh starts also marks the need to make a fresh start in your home—by cleaning. As you open your windows and brush the dust and cobwebs from your corners, don’t forget to do a little cleaning of your HVAC system too.

Bigham’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning recommends the following steps to lower your utility bills, to ensure a cool and comfortable home during the sweltering summer months to come, and to prolong the life of your air conditioning unit.

Filter Upkeep

At least once a month the disposable fiberglass air filter in your air conditioning unit should be checked and replaced when it is dirty. Electrostatic filters need to be washed regularly. Keeping your air filters clean will improve the efficiency of your system as well as the air quality in your home.

Condenser Cleanliness

Cleaning the condenser coil and the fan blades can immediately increase the efficiency of your cooling unit, saving you up to 30% on your monthly utility bill—that’s great savings!

If You Need Repair

Normal air conditioner maintenance can help you avoid the need for major repairs, but if you notice anything out of the ordinary, you need to call an Oakland air conditioning company immediately, preferably before the sweltering heat arrives.

Prior to the arrival of our AC specialist, prepare your unit by following these steps:

  • Remove the condenser cover, if you use one, and clear away any obstructions or debris around the unit.
  • Double check the air filter to ensure that it is clean.
  • Ensure that the access panels are tightly screwed in place.
  • Run the air conditioning unit for a few minutes before the technician arrives. Listen carefully for any unusual sounds so that you can discuss them when he arrives.

Including your HVAC system on your spring cleaning list will save you time, energy, and headaches later when summer is imminent. Contact One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of the Bay Area today to schedule your air conditioner repair or maintenance.