Cleaning Your Outdoor Unit
Your efforts at spring cleaning should always include your outdoor air conditioning unit, especially if it has been somewhat neglected over the winter. Clean and remove any dirt, buildup, or debris both on and around the unit. Garden plants and any weeds that are close enough to obstruct or interfere with the unit should be removed as well. Use a vacuum hose with care to remove dust and dirt from fins and vents. For any internal cleaning, remember to shut off the power to your HVAC unit before you begin. With that completed, it's time to move on.
Vents And Filters
Changing the filters in your HVAC unit is always smart once your current filters have reached the end of their lifespan. If you won't be running your air conditioning system any time soon, you may opt to wait till summer is a bit closer before replacing filters. Just don't forget, as a spring's worth of dust, dirt, and tree pollen clogging your filters can definitely hamper your HVAC efficiency. Inside your house, use your handy vacuum hose to once again spruce up floor registers and other vents. Warm, soapy water on a rag can help remove heavier deposits that may be present.
Professional Spring Maintenance
Even with the best of care and attention, your HVAC system will still need a professional maintenance visit in the spring and fall to keep it running efficiently. This will give you a heads-up on any components that are suffering from wear and on the urge of failing. Filters changes can also be performed at this time for those who take a more hands-off approach. A standard maintenance checkup will include:
- Checking all electrical systems for proper operation
- Lubricating and testing all moving parts
- Checking refrigerant levels and leak testing
- Cleaning of internal components and coils
- Inspection and cleaning of drain and blower fan
- Thermostat function and accuracy testing
Spring time is traditionally a time when major cleaning is done, but don't leave your A/C out of the journey to freshness. For light cleaning, following the three stages listed above is more than enough to keep your HVAC system running strong. For a complete clean, air duct cleaning and other optional services will make every part of your system spic and span and reduce recirculating dust around your home. For maintenance and all your HVAC needs, contact East Coast Heating And Air Conditioning today.