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Few West Palm Beach, Florida, residents would willingly languish through warmer weather without an air conditioner. Using and maintaining your AC correctly can reduce your chances of being stuck with a malfunctioning unit during the hottest weeks of the season. From air filter replacement to furniture placement, here’s how you can prep your HVAC system for warm weather.

Clean the Area Around Your Condenser Unit

Central air conditioning systems comprise an evaporator and a condenser unit. The evaporator often sits inside the furnace, while the condenser unit sits outside. Warm air enters return air vents in your home. Coils in the furnace filled with refrigerant absorb heat from the air and pump it outdoors to the condenser unit that expels it. It then delivers the cooled air to rooms inside your home through the vents.

Before turning on your air conditioner for the season, take time to clear the area around your condenser unit of tall grass, weeds, leaves and other debris. When air can flow freely from the condenser unit, your HVAC system can perform more efficiently.

Don’t Block Vents

Are sofas, chairs and large pieces of furniture blocking your room vents? To ensure air can flow freely from your HVAC system into the rooms of your home, move furniture, curtains and plants away from the vents.

Change Your HVAC System’s Air Filters

When the seasons change, you should also change the air filter in your HVAC system. Air filters can collect an inordinate amount of dust and debris when your HVAC system operates. Changing the air filters regularly can help keep your HVAC system operating properly.

If you have allergies or worry about indoor air quality, consider replacing your system’s fiberglass filter with one that can remove small particles such as pollen, dust, plant spores and smoke from the air. The three types of filters that can collect fine particles include media filters, electronic filters and high-efficiency particulate air filters.

Check the Indoor Unit’s Condensate Line

Also called the coil drainage hose, the condensate line is an important component of your indoor HVAC unit. When your system is running, water condenses on the coil and drips into a condensate tray below it. Make sure that the condensate tray connects to a drain to remove the collected water. This will prevent problems such as water backups into your unit or water overflowing the pan. When inspecting the condensate line, make sure it fits in its proper location, attaches correctly and drains to the designated spot.

Schedule HVAC System Maintenance

Before the warm weather season begins, you’ll want to have your HVAC system checked by a professional. During a maintenance tune-up,a a service technician will correct any problems before they turn into major issues later. West Palm Beach homeowners who have registered for a maintenance agreement can benefit from these regular system checkups twice a year. Here are some benefits of doing so:

  • Save up to 15 percent on your energy bills.
  • Reduce the risk of a breakdown and costly repair.
  • Decrease strain and maximize system longevity.

Is It Time for an Air Conditioner Replacement?

On average, central air conditioners last from 10 to 15 years. Since indoor and outdoor parts of the unit work together when cooling your home, you want to make sure that you replace both components at the same time when you’re installing a new central air conditioning system. If you don’t, your new air conditioner won’t operate at peak efficiency.

Mechanical Air Conditioning’s service professionals are your trusted HVAC specialists. From air conditioning repair to new system installations, you can rely on our dependable, quality service for ultimate home comfort this spring and summer. To schedule an appointment with one of our service technicians, call us at 561-899-4587.

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