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Your Jacksonville home’s HVAC system is one of the most important investments you’ll make in your home, but it requires regular maintenance to keep everything running smoothly. While some tasks require a trained professional, there are several that you can perform yourself without any special tools or training.

Replace the Air Filters

All of the air that travels through your air handler passes through a particle filter that traps dust, pet fur, and mold spores. Most filter cartridges are disposable, so simply open the filter unit or return vent, remove the old filter, and replace it with a compatible filter. Make sure that the filter is facing the same way — filters are designed to clean the air traveling in one direction and not the other.

Replace your filter every six months if possible or even more frequently if you’re generating a lot of dust. Waiting longer between replacements will reduce your HVAC unit’s airflow, which will make your system work harder, increase your utility bills, and even reduce your system’s lifespan.

Keep the Condenser Unit Unobstructed

Your HVAC unit has a condenser, typically located on the ground just a few feet from your home. It’s vital that you keep at least 24 inches of space around the condenser free of vegetation to promote airflow, which will keep your system running as efficiently as possible.

If the condenser is located in a flower bed, make sure that it’s free of weeds at least once a month. For condensers located on grass, simply mow right up to the condenser’s concrete slab at least once a week, and manually pull any clumps of grass or weeds that grow up beside the unit.

Planned Maintenance Agreements

The single best way to keep your HVAC system purring along for years to come is to perform routine maintenance just as you would with a car. A planned maintenance agreement lasts for one year, and it includes a comprehensive inspection of your system including coolant lines, thermostat, and static pressure.

If you’re interested in a planned maintenance agreement or simply want to learn more steps you can take to keep your system running smoothly, contact the pros at Abaco Air Experts today!