Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your AC Unit

Weather warming up? Snow melting? Time to jump into spring cleaning. Dusting, organizing, washing couch covers, cleaning floors, and cleaning out the garage. Ah yes, that good old AC cover is still wrapped around your unit, waiting for you. Before summer starts rolling in, there are a few things that need to be done to keep your AC blowing in the cool breeze all season long.

Your AC Spring Cleaning Checklist

Uncover your condenser

If you placed a cover on your condenser over the winter, it’s time to remove it for a general inspection. See any major weather damages? Nesting animals? If you didn’t cover your condenser over the winter, there might be some snow and ice to remove.

Grab the clippers

After all those long winter months, some of the shrubs and other plants in your yard may have escaped their boundaries. Go through with a pair of hedge trimmers and make sure that all of your landscape is at least 18 inches away from your AC unit. This will help avoid things from getting caught in the fan or blocking air intake to the condenser.

Hose it down

If you see a lot of debris on and in-between the fins of your unit, take a hose with a spray nozzle attachment and clear the grime off your condenser. Remember to keep your hose at a 45-degree angle when you are spraying your unit so that it can properly clean out the crevices.

Air filters

Before you turn the AC on, change the air filters out. We recommend using a pleated HVAC filter to ensure the best air filtration throughout your home. If you frequently use your AC in the summer,replace the filters once a month to maintain healthy air quality in your home.

Detective work

Once your air filter is replaced, there are still a few things to keep in mind before you click on the AC. When you are putting the air filters in, check to make sure there are no gaps that unfiltered air can pass through. If you are unsure that your filtering system is working properly, don’t hesitate to have an HVAC professional take a look at it.

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