Spring AC Maintenance Tips

Spring AC Maintenance Tips

As the chill of winter fades away and the warmth of spring begins to settle in, it's the perfect time for Palm Desert and San Jacinto residents to ensure their air conditioning system is ready to keep them cool and comfortable during the upcoming warmer months. Neglecting AC maintenance can lead to potential breakdowns and costly repairs. To help you avoid any cooling catastrophes, here are some essential spring AC maintenance tips from our team at J&M Air Conditioning and Heating.

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Clean or Replace Air Filters

The air filters in your AC unit play a crucial role in maintaining good indoor air quality and ensuring efficient operation. Over time, dust, dirt, and debris can build up in your filter, restricting airflow and reducing the unit's efficiency. Regularly cleaning or replacing your air filters every 1-3 months can improve airflow, lower energy consumption, and extend the lifespan of your system.

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Check and Clean the Outdoor Unit

The outdoor unit of your air conditioner can accumulate dirt, leaves, and debris during the winter months, hindering its ability to expel heat effectively. Before the weather heats up, take the time to inspect the outdoor unit for any obstructions and clean around the area. Ensure that vegetation is trimmed back at least 2 feet to allow for proper airflow.

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Schedule Professional Maintenance

While DIY maintenance is essential, it's equally important to schedule a professional tune-up for your AC system before the peak cooling season. An HVAC technician can inspect and clean internal components, check refrigerant levels, calibrate thermostats, and identify any potential issues before they escalate. Investing in preventive maintenance can save you money in the long run by reducing energy costs and preventing major repairs.

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Seal and Insulate Ductwork

Leaky ductwork can result in cooled air escaping before it reaches your living spaces, leading to uneven temperatures and increased energy bills. Inspect your ductwork for any gaps, holes, or disconnected sections, and seal them with mastic tape or foil-backed tape. Additionally, proper insulation around ductwork in attics, basements, and crawl spaces can further improve energy efficiency and indoor comfort.

By following these spring AC maintenance tips, you can ensure that your cooling system operates at peak performance, maximizes energy efficiency, and provides reliable comfort throughout the season. Remember, regular maintenance is key to prolonging the life of your AC unit and avoiding unexpected breakdowns. If you find that your AC unit needs to be repaired or replaced, be sure to contact our team at J&M Air Conditioning and Heating for expert service!

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