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Top HVAC Maintenance Tips to Prep Your Florida Air Conditioning Unit for this Fall

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It is about that time for an AC tune-up. Oftentimes, your air conditioning unit is not top-of-mind when you think about things that need maintenance in and around your home. But as the seasons change, albeit a small change for Floridians, it is time to not only take out your fall décor, but also to do some simple maintenance to your HVAC unit.

While it is still recommended to have professional yearly maintenance, there are things you can do to prepare and winterize your system for the months ahead. Here are the top HVAC maintenance tips to prep your Florida air conditioning unit for this fall:

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  • Outdoor Unit: If you have an outdoor unit, now is a good time to clear any debris that may have built up or around your system. You want to make sure nothing is blocking air flow to the unit and there is a decent amount of space around the system. This is especially crucial for all the Floridians dirt, pollen, bugs, little critters, leaves, weeds, sticks, and a host of other items could be blocking or in your system. Always use extreme caution when cleaning the outdoor unit. Next time you have your AC professional come out for maintenance, have them give you a quick tutorial on the most effective and safe way to clean the outdoor unit.
  • Outdoor Unit: If you have an outdoor unit, now is a good time to clear any debris that may have built up or around your system. You want to make sure nothing is blocking air flow to the unit and there is a decent amount of space around the system. This is especially crucial for all the Floridians dirt, pollen, bugs, little critters, leaves, weeds, sticks, and a host of other items could be blocking or in your system. Always use extreme caution when cleaning the outdoor unit. Next time you have your AC professional come out for maintenance, have them give you a quick tutorial on the most effective and safe way to clean the outdoor unit.
  • Heat: Florida definitely can see some cold days throughout the fall and winter season. That said, it is important to test the heat function to make sure it is working properly before you actually need it. It is common that the first time you run the heat it will smell. As long as the smell goes away fairly quickly and the heat comes through the vents you should be good to go. The smell is simply dust burning on the heating components and is not cause for concern. If the smell does not go away, or if the heat does not switch one, call an HVAC technician.
  • Examine your outdoor unit. If you see a layer of dirt on the outside of the unit, use a hose on a low, gentle setting to remove the debris. Also, remove any sticks, leaves, etc. that may have gotten stuck in the unit.

Ultimately, it is best to combine diy maintenance with yearly or bi-yearly professional HVAC service. If after you complete these tips to get your system ready for fall, you still want a more seasoned eye and opinion, call Mason Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. This fall let Mason Air Conditioning, your trusted HVAC contractor provide vital cleaning, care and inspection to ensure your heating system can handle the task of keeping your home comfortable through the cooler months. Call us at 727-433-9853 or schedule an appointment online and receive your service call completely FREE.

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