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A Step-by-Step Checklist for HVAC Spring Cleaning

As the seasons change and spring approaches, it’s time to start thinking about your HVAC system. Proper maintenance can not only extend the life of your unit but also improve its efficiency, saving you money on energy bills. Here’s a step-by-step checklist to help you tackle your HVAC spring cleaning:

  1. Replace Air Filters: Start by replacing your air filters. This should be done every 1-3 months, depending on the type of filter and your home’s air quality. Clean filters improve airflow and help your system run more efficiently.
  2. Check Thermostat Settings: As you transition from heating to cooling, make sure your thermostat settings are adjusted accordingly. Consider installing a programmable thermostat to optimize energy usage.
  3. Inspect Outdoor Unit: Clear away any debris, such as leaves, twigs, or grass clippings, from the outdoor unit. Trim back any vegetation to ensure proper airflow around the unit.
  4. Clean Condenser Coils: Use a soft brush or cloth to gently clean the condenser coils on the outdoor unit. Be careful not to bend the fins. Dirty coils can reduce the efficiency of your system.
  5. Inspect Refrigerant Lines: Check the refrigerant lines for any signs of damage or leaks. If you notice any issues, contact a professional HVAC technician for repairs.
  6. Clean Air Vents and Registers: Remove dust and debris from air vents and registers throughout your home. This helps improve indoor air quality and ensures proper airflow.
  7. Check Ductwork for Leaks: Inspect the ductwork for any signs of leaks or damage. Seal any leaks with duct mastic or foil tape to improve efficiency.
  8. Schedule Professional Maintenance: Consider scheduling a professional HVAC maintenance service. A technician can inspect your system, perform any necessary repairs, and ensure it’s running efficiently.
  9. Test Your System: Once you’ve completed your spring cleaning checklist, test your HVAC system to ensure it’s working properly. If you notice any issues, contact a professional for assistance.
  10. Consider Upgrading Your System: If your HVAC system is older or not running efficiently, consider upgrading to a newer, more energy-efficient model. This can save you money in the long run and improve comfort in your home.

At Metro Heating & Cooling, we’re here to help with all your heating, cooling, plumbing, and drain needs. Contact us today at (651) 294-7798 for a free estimate and let us help you keep your HVAC system running smoothly all year round.

Schedule a HVAC repair anywhere in the Minneapolis or St. Paul area today by calling (651) 294-7798 or by requesting an estimate online.


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