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How to Prepare Your HVAC Unit for Spring

How to Prepare Your HVAC Unit for Spring

Your HVAC system has likely worked hard all winter to keep you warm and toasty inside, but as the weather warms in the spring, it will soon take on the task of keeping you cool too. Before cooling season gets into full swing, take the time to show your AC a little TLC so it can perform at its peak all summer long. Follow this guide for getting your air conditioning unit ready for summer.

Replace Filters

The air filters on your air conditioner filter dust, pet hair, pet dander and a host of other airborne particles from the air. But they don't work forever. The filter can get clogged making your unit work harder just to do its job. Replacing the filter will improve your AC's performance and may even extend its lifespan too. Make changing the air filter part of your routine and replace it every two months during the cooling season. How often your filter needs to be replaced depends on the quality of air in your home. Pet owners may need to change the filter monthly, especially with dog breeds that shed heavily.

Clean Up Outside

Head outside and get rid of the winter debris that has collected around your unit. Brush or sweep away old leaves and plant debris and remove any plant material growing within two feet of the unit. If you have shrubs or flowers growing nearby, trim them back to a two-foot distance from the unit. Use your garden hose to spray down the coils to remove any remaining soil or debris.

Brush or sweep away old leaves and plant debris and remove any plant material growing within two feet of the unit. If you have shrubs or flowers growing nearby, trim them back to a two-foot distance from the unit. Use your garden hose to spray down the coils to remove any remaining soil or debris.

Check the Fins

The coil fins can get bent out of shape from snow and ice or other falling debris during the winter. If your coils look dented or bent, take the time to straighten them. You can purchase a fin comb from a hardware store and do this yourself. If you do not have a fin comb, try using a butter knife to carefully straighten bent fins.

Level the Unit

Your outside condenser can shift over time and become off kilter, but this is typically easy to fix. Use a level to determine if your unit has shifted and use rot-resistant shims to level the unit. This will also improve the performance of your AC.

Arrange for a Routine Maintenance Call

Having your AC unit serviced by your HVAC contractor before cooling season begins is always a good idea. They will check that all parts are working properly and that your fluids are at peak level. They can also spot and repair potential issues before a major problem arises. This can save you from costly emergency calls or prevent you from needing major repairs to your unit.

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Contact us at Kimbro Air if you have questions about how you can get the most out of your air conditioning unit or need to schedule a pre-season maintenance call.