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Originally published April 2017, updated May 2020.

Brooksville, Florida, homeowners sometimes put off annual HVAC maintenance for financial reasons. If you’re in the same boat, your decision could cost you. Not only are you faced with a higher chance of having to replace your HVAC system, but you’re also more likely to experience the following mishaps along the way.

HVAC Maintenance Finds Refrigerant Leaks

Your air conditioner requires the right amount of refrigerant to run properly. When it has a leak, however, you’ll notice your home isn’t as cool as it used to be. You may also hear an accompanying hissing sound coming from the unit. Thankfully, refrigerant checks are part of regular HVAC maintenance. Scheduling this annual service ensures your system has the refrigerant it needs to run and cool your house.

HVAC Maintenance Clears Blocked Condensate Drain

The condensate drain inside your AC can become blocked from a build-up or biologic growth and lack of maintenance, creating multiple issues. Your system may even shut down completely in the heat of summer if the drain line is blocked and water builds up in the drain pan. If you’re a confident DIY-er, you may be able to unclog the line using a small wire brush outside where the pipe ends. If that doesn’t clear the pipe, a shop vac may be able to pull the clog out. The condensate pipe should be dripping water when your AC is running. If you’re not comfortable doing any DIY maintenance as described, call us and we’ll schedule a service appointment.

Clogged Air Filters

HVAC systems require air filters to maximize their efficiency. Unfortunately, filters become clogged rather quickly, which is why experts recommend you change them every one to three months. Most homeowners can get by with changing the filters every three months, but if you have pets, you may need to change them monthly to maintain a healthier indoor air quality.

Dirty Ducts

While changing your air filters to help boost your HVAC’s efficiency and keep the air inside your home healthy is easy, you can’t see what’s going on inside the ductwork itself. Ducts accumulate dust, pet dander, and other debris over time, which lowers your system’s efficiency. They may even develop leaks, causing whistling sounds and attracting pests. A professional HVAC maintenance ensures your ducts are clean.

Don’t wait until something major happens to call in the professionals. Contact Senica Air Conditioning, Inc. to schedule your annual HVAC service.

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