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The Ultimate AC Checklist

AC Maintenance Steps You Shouldn't Skip


After you've dusted your home, mopped the floors, and freshened the flower beds, don't forget to show some extra attention to your AC system. With approaching warmer temperatures, it's important now more than ever to inspect your AC.


No one likes to be caught off guard and unprepared for warmer weather. Ensuring your AC is in optimal condition and performing efficiently can save you from potential headaches and maintain your home's comfort. Our cooling experts have compiled a list of must-have maintenance tasks to keep your home comfy and cool.


Filters First

If you want your AC system to run smoothly, replacing your air filters regularly is crucial. Filters can quickly become clogged with dust and debris, slowing down the efficiency of the unit. Suppose your AC is pushing air through a dirty filter. In that case, your indoor air quality can be severely plagued by dust and allergens. Aside from the buildup of dust particles, skipping out on air filter replacements can also lead to higher energy bills and the possibility of a repair.


If you're racking your brain trying to remember the last time you changed the AC filter, it's probably time for a replacement. If your system requires standard 1 to 3-inch air filters, experts recommend replacing them every 30 to 60 days. If you are prone to allergies, suffer from poor indoor air quality, or have multiple pets, aim to replace your filters every 20 to 45 days for maximum effectiveness.


Go Outside

Now that your system has a fresh filter, it's time to investigate outside your home. Don't worry; this is an easy step that you can do yourself in a matter of minutes!


Outdoor units can often be neglected, allowing leaves, twigs, and other debris to pile up over time. Clear away any debris blocking the unit and give it some space to breathe! Trim any hanging branches or vegetation that may be hanging over the system. At least 2 to 4 feet of clear space around the unit will prevent any outdoor element interference.


Check Your Supply Vents

Over time, dust and other indoor debris can accumulate on supply vents, harboring allergens and reducing airflow. Spring is the season of cleaning, and that doesn't exclude your supply vents.


To clean your supply vents, simply lift the supply register and wipe the vent clean of any buildup. We recommend using a microfiber cleaning cloth to catch all dust and debris in a jiffy. Your vents and your AC system will thank you for this quick cleaning!


Schedule Regular Maintenance

When you're trying to juggle play dates, soccer games, meetings, and book club, AC maintenance can often slip your mind. We understand that scheduling regular maintenance can seem like an inconvenience, but we'll work around your schedule to find a time that works best for you.


Regularly scheduled professional AC maintenance can give you peace of mind that your AC system runs at optimal performance. Just like your car needing oil changes and teeth requiring regular cleanings, your AC system requires an occasional professional inspection.


Staying on top of AC maintenance can:

  • Help prevent costly repairs

  • Put less stress on your system

  • Lower your energy bills

  • Provide cleaner air


After all, regular maintenance can prevent shortening the life span of your current system, saving you money and time in the long run. When it comes to air conditioning systems, preventative maintenance is vital!


If you're ready to take advantage of the significant benefits of AC maintenance, our professionals at Mark Carpenter Plumbing are here to assist. We handle all jobs, big and small, and are prepared to promptly restore comfort to your home. We are also ready to assist you with any repair or replacement needs you mway have.