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Our Spring HVAC Checklist

Spring has arrived, and you’re likely already using your air conditioner again for cooling. But before temperatures heat up too much, there are some steps that you should take to make sure your HVAC system is fully prepared for the warm days ahead.

You can give our team a call to schedule service for your HVAC in Lake City, FL. In the meantime, keep reading to learn more about the steps that you should take to prepare your HVAC system for spring and summer. Remember, if you notice anything out of the ordinary, you should bring it to our attention so we can check it out and make sure your HVAC system is working at its best.

Check the Air Filter

The single greatest thing you can do for your HVAC system is change out the air filter on time. Whether your filter is rated to last one month or three months, you need to change it out before it gets too full of dust particles. If the filter stays in place too long, it can block airflow into your HVAC system, which puts strain on the unit and reduces the heating and cooling output.

We recommend that you write the date on your air filter so you know exactly when you put it in place. Then note the date you need to change the air filter on your calendar or set a reminder on your phone. The time when you check your air filter now and each month of the year is also a great time to complete other maintenance steps that we are listing below.

Clean the Condensate Drain Line

After changing the filter, take the cap off of the condensate drain line and pour some vinegar in. Condensate drain lines are very prone to clogs since dust particles can enter the drain line along with water. The line is also very prone to mold, which can contribute to clogs as well. Vinegar helps to rinse away any particles sticking to the insides of the line and also destroys mold spores.

Check the Outdoor Unit

Next you want to take a look at your outdoor unit. Make sure that there is at least three feet of space around your entire unit for optimal airflow. The outdoor unit is where heat gets expelled during the summertime for cooling your home. 

You also want to take a close look at the unit and remove any pieces of debris, like leaves and sticks, that have gotten stuck in the thin metal fins. If any of the fins are bent, you can gently move them back into place. You can even use your water hose with gentle water pressure to rinse the unit off and eliminate dirt buildup.

Review All Air Vents

Your last step is to walk around your home and check all of the air vents. Each one should be completely open to allow airflow into the room. If you’ve closed an air vent to try and redirect airflow to another room, go ahead and re-open it. 

Your HVAC system works best when all vents are opened and air can move evenly throughout your entire home. If you’re having problems with one room not getting as cool as the others or a room being too cool, give our team a call and we can help you address this problem.

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