How to Prep Your AC System for a Hot Florida Summer

How to Prep Your AC System for a Hot Florida Summer

Native Clearwater and St. Pete / Tampa Bay residents know that our weather really heats up in the summer. How do you know if your HVAC system is ready for the extreme heat of a hot and humid Florida summer?

The key takeaway or advice we recommend is:


Spring is the time to schedule an HVAC inspection and tune-up with a reputable company, such as Air Care. As of January 2020, Air Care charges for $69.50 for a tune up. This maintenance investment is money well spent when you consider how much you can save by avoiding repairs and keeping your unit running efficiently. A trained air conditioner technician will check several components of your system including:

  • Air Handler
  • Drain Line and Hoses
  • Ducts
  • Cleaning Fins and Coils
  • Refrigerant Levels

Some other recommendations for preparing your AC system for summer include:

Change Your AC Filters

Remove Weeds and Debris from Around the Outside Unit

Test Your AC System on a Cool Day

Why wait until summer? You can do a simple test even when the weather is mild by setting your AC thermostat temporaily to 65 degrees to confirm that your system is in fact working and is capable of cooling down your entire house.