Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are some of the most valuable and expensive appliances in your Melbourne, FL home, so it’s important to take good care of them. Often, you can prevent problems with your HVAC system by tackling a to-do list every month.

Check the Outdoor Unit

Your air conditioning unit has an external condenser, and these HVAC components are often neglected. It’s built to withstand the elements, but you should still check it about once a month. Vacuum out any dirt or leaves that get trapped in the unit and wipe down the exterior with a soft rag.

Replace the Filter

The frequency of filter replacement can vary. If you opt for a high-efficiency or extended life filter, you might be able to wait as long as 90 days before swapping it out. However, if anyone in your family suffers from allergies, asthma, or other breathing problems, you may want to replace it every month. If it’s easy to reach, pull it out when you’re doing the tasks on your monthly checklist. Visually inspect it, and if you see a lot of dirt or dust on it, it’s time for a change.

Inspect the Refrigerant Lines

The lines that move refrigerant from the air conditioner to the outdoor condenser unit must have insulation to prevent condensation from building up and causing water damage to the surrounding area. To prevent this issue, you should inspect the lines to make sure the insulation is in good condition.

If you encounter a problem during your monthly HVAC system checkup, it’s important to bring in a professional technician who can assess the issue safely and correctly. At Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat, we’re available to diagnose and repair heating and cooling problems specific to the Florida weather in our area. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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