AC Maintenance to Prepare for Florida Summer

by Lawton Brothers | May 19, 2021

As the hottest state in the US, most air conditioning systems in Florida run year-round. Over time, the continual use of your equipment can cause wear and force it to work harder for the same initial output. With Summer on the horizon, a worn-down HVAC system is the last thing we want. And while most of us will seek refuge indoors where the AC is cool, we want to ensure your facility is the coolest around.

As with any equipment, scheduled preventative maintenance is the key to optimal performance. At least once a year, the system should be turned off and cleaned fully, with the replacement of air filters quarterly or as needed. 

Yearly Maintenance

The first step in cleaning your HVAC system is to shut off the power. Flip the circuit breaker and let the system sit for 30 minutes before cleaning. 

Clean thoroughly behind the grills and fan blades as these can accumulate an astounding amount of debris and dirt throughout the year. These blades cover the condensing coils and a buildup of debris can prevent the coils from heating and cooling properly. 

Once the coils are cleaned off, remove anything out of the base of the condenser. Likely, there will be weeds, leaves, dirt, and bugs in the bottom of your system that will need to be disposed of. Afterward, make sure the fan blades are thoroughly wiped down and bolts and screws are tight and secure. 

Check your coolant lines for punctured or missing layers of foam coolant insulation. This helps prevent energy loss, so any holes will require repair and new insulation sleeves.

After cleaning out the system, make sure all parts are cleaned and dry before returning the power. 

Monthly Maintenance

On a monthly basis, you should check in on your AC to ensure optimal performance. Make sure air filters are clean, vents are open and dusted, and there are no obstructions to the air intake. While these steps are simple and seem trivial, they can prolong the life of your air conditioning unit and improve the circulation as well as the quality of the air. These quick steps are easy and definitely worth it in the long run. 

Lawton Brothers is Here to Help

At Lawton Brothers, our goal is to help you and your staff find effective ways to clean smarter, not harder. We understand how difficult it can be to navigate the janitorial world to find the right products and methods for your team. That’s why our team is dedicated to sitting down with you to discuss your facility’s needs and finding the right solution for you. Give us a call today at 800.432.0813 for a free audit, or take a look at our online catalog.

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