HVAC Spring Maintenance Checklist
Your Pompano Beach, Florida, HVAC system gets a break from winter’s cooler weather. However, regular maintenance is vital to prolonging your system’s lifespan and helping your HVAC withstand the heat and humidity of a Pompano Beach summer.
Before we get into the swing of summertime, check some routine chores off your list to keep your HVAC in good condition.
Spring Cleaning Your HVAC System
Take care of your HVAC to ensure it lasts as long as possible. Use the spring as a time to perform what maintenance and cleaning you can, scheduling professional service where necessary.
Here’s what you should do for your HVAC system this spring …
Cleaning HVAC Ducts
You don’t need to have your ducts cleaned yearly, but it may be time to schedule ductwork cleaning if it’s been a few years since their last wash. The average homeowner should have their ducts cleaned every three to five years. You may want to schedule service more often if someone in your home struggles with asthma, allergies, or other respiratory issues.
HVAC Coil Cleaning
Your evaporator and condenser coils are the key to your air conditioner cooling off the air. Dirt and debris blockages can severely impact coil performance, straining your HVAC system and decreasing efficiency. Leave the cleanup to the pros during your twice-annual tune-up or repair services.
Change Your Air Filters
Change air filters at least every three months for the best performance. Pick one consistent time to change your air filters each season, such as the beginning or end of the season. You’ll find air filters in AC units and heat pumps, as well as air handlers, if you have one.
Clean Your Air Conditioner Or Heat Pump
Clean your air conditioner grills, washable filters, and interiors with a damp rag and water mixed with mild dish soap. Use a vacuum to remove dust from window air conditioners gently. Check your outdoor AC or heat pump systems to ensure no debris, plant matter, or sand has piled up against the unit.
Clean outdoor heat pump coils when they become visibly dirty. Inside, check your pump’s fans and clean them gently with a damp rag if dirty.
Dust Your Vents and Thermostat
Duct cleaning is a must for homeowners who want to keep their systems clean, but even just dusting the vent covers can reduce the amount of debris circulating in your home. (Use a damp rag to avoid sending dust into the air as you clean.)
Dusting the thermostat (and other electronics and sensors) keeps it running smoothly and ensures it can read the temperature in your home without interference.
Inspect the Drainage Hole
Air conditioners produce water as they run, allowing it to flow out of the system from a hole at the unit’s base. This drainage hole can become clogged with dust or debris, especially outside. Check the drainage hole for visual obstruction or schedule a professional inspection if you suspect your drains are clogged.
Check for Leaks
Run your air conditioner, checking for obvious leaks with your hands. HVAC techs will provide a more thorough inspection to catch pinpoint leaks and damage to ducts inside your walls. Schedule professional duct repair for everything from small leaks to extensive damage.
How to Prepare Your AC for Summer
After completing our maintenance checklist, test your AC unit before summer gets into full swing. Spring is the best time to discover that you have a mechanical problem—before temperatures hit the 80s and 90s.
How Often to Service HVAC Systems
You should schedule a professional HVAC service at least twice a year to combat the humidity and saltwater corrosion from the Atlantic Ocean. Service your HVAC in the spring to prepare for summer and fall extremes to catch any issues caused by hard use in hot weather.
Professional HVAC Cleaning and Service in Pompano Beach
Professional maintenance extends the life of your system and helps catch minor problems before they become more intensive (and expensive) to fix. The experts at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Pompano Beach know how to deal with the specific problems caused by exposure to salty ocean air and hot, humid summers. When you’re ready to schedule your spring tune-up, call (954) 379-8260 or book online.