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Spring Cleaning for Your HVAC System

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Spring is the perfect time to give your home a little extra attention. This year, we recommend extending your spring cleaning checklist to your HVAC system as well!

After a long winter of use, your system is likely in need of some maintenance and cleaning to keep it running efficiently and avoid costly breakdowns. Here are some essential tasks to take care of this spring:

Replace Air Filters

The air filter is one of the most important components of your HVAC system. It's responsible for trapping dust, dirt, and other particles before they can circulate through your home. Over time, the filter becomes clogged, which can reduce airflow, strain your system, and reduce indoor air quality. Replace your air filter this season, and continue to replace it at least once every three months — or more frequently if you have pets or allergies.

Clean the Outdoor Unit

The outdoor component of your HVAC system can accumulate dirt, leaves, and debris over the winter months. This can cause your system to work harder through the blockages and will reduce its efficiency. Use a garden hose to gently rinse off the unit, being careful not to damage the delicate fins. Trim back any nearby vegetation to ensure proper airflow.

Schedule Professional Maintenance

Regular maintenance is essential to keep your HVAC system running smoothly through the upcoming summer months. Schedule an appointment with a professional HVAC technician to inspect your system, clean the coils, check refrigerant levels, and perform any necessary repairs. A bi-yearly maintenance checkup can help you catch minor issues before they turn into major problems.

Check Ductwork for Leaks

Leaky ductwork can waste energy and reduce your system's efficiency. Check your ductwork for any noticeable leaks, and seal them with duct tape or mastic sealant. If your ducts are difficult to access or you suspect a significant leak, bring in a professional to perform a ductwork inspection.

Clean Air Vents and Registers

Dust and debris can accumulate in your air vents and registers over time. Use a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment to remove any visible buildup. If your vents and registers are particularly dirty, consider hiring a professional duct cleaning service.

HVAC Services Near You

By following these simple steps, you can improve your HVAC system's efficiency, extend its lifespan, and prevent costly breakdowns. A little spring cleaning can go a long way in keeping your home comfortable and your energy bills low. If you're unsure about any of these steps or need help with maintenance, contact a professional HVAC technician for assistance.

Contact Earnhardt Heating & Cooling, Inc. to schedule your spring appointment today!