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Tips from Your Local Heating Specialist – Mercer Island

Yesterday marked the first official day of spring. As the weekend approaches, Seattleites will experience temperatures rising to the 60s.  It’s time to turn down the thermostat and turn up your A/C.  For you Eastside-Seattle dwellers it’s not as simple as flipping a switch to ensure a cool comfort zone.

Ductless Mini Split Heat PumpThe gray skies and winter drizzle can keep your A/C from being used for six to seven months.  The need for basic maintenance on your A/C is as important as keeping up the maintenance on your car, especially if it’s been on lockdown for more than half the year. As a result, the first A/C startup can be a stressful time.  But, the following tips from your friendly, neighborhood heating specialist can help keep your stress level and comfort zone cool, and your A/C’s life prolonged.

  • Clean your air filter- if there is any visible dust, you’ll be breathing this as soon as you initiate startup.
  • Check your blower and blower motor for dirt- the slightest uncleanliness can decrease the airflow and prevent your system from operating at its prime.
  • Inspect your ductwork for external damage- they could be leaking and causing your utility bill to skyrocket.
  • Clear the path for your supply registers and return grilles- furniture or rugs can get in the way and your system might be working overtime to satisfy your needs.
  • Make sure your condenser is clear from leaves, dirt or anything that could be blocking it- a clear condenser can decrease operating costs by 15% or more and improve the efficiency of your overall system.
  • Inspect your electrical connections to make sure they are properly insulated- any discolorations or brittle bits will need to be replaced.

Indoor UnitThere are some things that should be left to the professionals, and that is why Fox Plumbing & Heating is here to help.  Worried about electrical meddling, replacement parts, or proper cleaning techniques?  Do not hesitate to call the professionals.  Fox Plumbing & Heating is here to help you keep your cool, and do your dirty work.


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