Seasonal maintenance can extend the lifespan of your HVAC system and increase its overall efficiency year after year. Now that fall is upon us, it is a great time to schedule out preventative HVAC maintenance for your Orlando area home.
Follow this simple HVAC maintenance plan from your friends at Frank Gay Services to keep your unit clean and prevent breakdowns!
Tip #1. Buy a Better Filter
If you don’t already, use quality air filters for your HVAC system that are better equipped to trap small particles and contaminants. We recommend picking an air filter with a MERV rating between 7-11. Anything higher than that can reduce the airflow throughout your system and put unnecessary strain on your HVAC system.
Not sure which air filter is best for your Orlando home? We can help you decide! Call our pros at Frank Gay Services— (407) 329-9808
Tip #2. Replace the Filter Every 30-60 Days
Have you changed your HVAC filter recently? We recommend changing your air filter at least every 30-60 days—especially in humid Florida or if you have pets. If it looks dark and clogged, it’s time to change it!
Tip #3. Ensure There is at Least Two Feet of Clearance
Bushes and trees should be trimmed so that your unit has at least two feet of clearance on every side to allow for proper and efficient airflow. Keep a close eye during the spring and fall for excess pollen and leaves. They are notorious for causing clogs in the condensing unit.
Tip #4. Remove Debris from Around the Outdoor Unit
Debris, such as leaves, twigs, and pollen should be removed from the outside unit during spring, summer, and fall. Make sure grass, plants, and bushes are trimmed to ensure that they don’t interfere with the unit. When mowing, don’t let the lawnmower throw grass clippings onto the unit.
While you are removing and clearing debris from around the unit, clean the metal fins of the condensing unit too. These often get clogged with grime, pollen, and dirt and should be sprayed with a water hose to clean them at least once every season.
Pro tip: Don’t use a pressure washer to clean the outside condenser unit as it could permanently damage your unit.
Tip #5. Prevent Clogs
Prevent clogs caused by mold and algae in the condensate drain line of your HVAC unit by pouring a cup of bleach mixed with water down the drain at least once a year. A wet/dry vacuum can also help get rid of any clogs. This is especially helpful in hot, humid Florida where algae often grow in the condensate drain pipe.
If you are unsure where your HVAC unit’s drain pipe is, ask your service technician from Frank Gay Services to show you where to find it.
Prevent mid-season breakdowns by scheduling preventative Fall maintenance today! Schedule an appointment with our team at Frank Gay Services today!
Tip #6. Schedule Preventative Maintenance
While the above tips are all things that you can do on your own, it is wise to schedule seasonal maintenance with an HVAC professional from Frank Gay Services to inspect, repair, and replace any parts that are wearing out.
Our team will check your HVAC system and:
- Ensure that the fan is working correctly
- Clean the coils
- Check the air filter
- Clean drain lines
- Check the refrigerant level and for any refrigerant leaks
- Check for leaks in the heat exchanger
Getting your HVAC system serviced ensures that all the moving components will be cleaned and inspected so your system can run at peak efficiency year-round and helps prevent expensive repair bills down the line.
Preventative HVAC Maintenance