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3 Air Conditioning Maintenance Tasks That You Can Handle Yourself

Port Orange, Florida residents rely heavily on their air conditioning systems, especially during the brutal summer months. For this reason, it’s absolutely necessary to have routine maintenance performed on your HVAC system throughout the year.

While it’s best to have a professional HVAC technician handle the preventative maintenance on your system to keep it functioning for years to come, there are also a few tasks that you can do on your own:

1. Change the Air Filter

We can not stress enough the importance of changing your system’s air filter on a regular basis. In fact, we recently dedicated an entire blog post to this topic. While your Port Orange HVAC technician will change the filter every spring and fall during routine maintenance, you’ll need to change it several times between these visits too.

As a rule of thumb, you’ll want to change the air filter in your system every 1 to 3 months, and this time frame can vary depending on factors such as the type of air filter that you have, if you have pets, and if people in your household have allergies.

Neglecting to change your air filter can lead to some costly repairs and will greatly shorten the lifespan of your air conditioning system.

2. Keep the Condenser Unit Clear
First and foremost, you need to make sure that your condenser unit has enough space for its fan and coil to adequately release heat. This means that you’ll want at least a foot of clear space around the condenser.

Also, your condenser is likely to accumulate debris such as leaves and dirt throughout the year. You’ll want to make sure to remove this debris from your condenser or it could otherwise clog the cooling fins and lead to a dirty blower fan filter. Failure to do this can lead to the decreased efficiency of your air conditioning system and expensive repairs.

3. Check Your Vents
In order to maintain a comfortable temperature inside of your home, you’ll want to occasionally check your vents to make sure that you’re getting good air flow. Occasionally, you may come across a closed vent or find that a piece of furniture is blocking the vent. If vents are blocked, it could drive up air pressure, which ultimately could cause leaks to form.

A great time to learn about additional ways to proactively care for your air conditioning system is during a routine maintenance appointment with your Port Orange HVAC professional. Please contact us at East Coast Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule routine maintenance today.

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