Spring is traditionally the time when we get our houses in order. This thorough, top-to-bottom cleaning ritual presents a great opportunity to freshen up the home and get it ready for the busy times ahead. It may never have occurred to you before, but you also need to include an HVAC spring cleaning on your to-do list.
Cleaning the HVAC system offers considerable benefits, including greater efficiency and fewer breakdowns. Here are some suggestions for your HVAC spring cleaning.
Replace the air filter. If changing the air filter isn’t one of your regular household tasks, it should be. A dirty filter slows down airflow and can lead to breakdowns. A buildup of dirt on the air filter could also increase condensation and, ultimately, mold.
Clean up around the condenser. The outdoor unit of your air conditioner is called the condenser. To work properly, this unit should be free of dirt, leaf debris or shrubbery, which can block air as it’s exhausted from the system. Remove weeds and maintain shrubbery a distance of at least 2 feet around the unit.
Keep fins free of dirt and debris. The fins around the condenser can become clogged with blowing dirt or grass from the lawnmower. Clear the fins by vacuuming them gently or using a soft brush to sweep away debris. Straighten bent fins with a fin comb, which you can buy at an appliance store.
Clean coils. The air conditioner has indoor evaporator coils and outdoor condenser coils. Dirt can build up on the coils over time and interfere with the cooling process. You can perform coil cleaning yourself, although you may prefer to include it your annual HVAC maintenance visit.
To get started, turn off the A/C. To access the coils, you may have to remove a metal cage around the condenser. Then, spray the coils gently with a hose. Compressed air or coil cleaning foam may also be used on the outdoor or indoor coils.
To learn more about HVAC spring cleaning, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We serve Grand Traverse County and the surrounding area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC spring cleaning and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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