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It’s gettin’ hot in here, so take time to prepare your air conditioning system for summer!
Sweatin’ the small stuff now can help you avoid being trapped without the cool relief of central air when you really need it. Check out these home air conditioner maintenance tips for staying cool during the blazing summer months!
1. Make Sure Your Condenser Is Clear of Debris
During the cooler months when your air conditioning isn’t running, all sorts of debris can collect around your outdoor condenser unit. Fallen leaves and new weeds can clog your unit if not properly cleared away. Always make sure that your unit is clear before starting it up for the year.
You can also clean the coils with a garden hose to clear the accumulated dust and help the unit run more smoothly. Do it a day or two before starting up your system to allow time for the unit to dry.
2. Change Your Air Filter
Your furnace air filter keeps all kinds of dust and dirt from entering your home through your central air. Along with dirt, it keeps allergens out of your home and helps you to breathe easier every day, but only if you remember to change the filter.
You should change your filter every one to three months (one for sure during the summer, while your air conditioning is running a lot). It’s usually good to schedule one of your changes to take place right before you turn your system on for the summer.
If you run your system with a clogged air filter, not only will it do a poor job of filtering the air coming into your home, but it will make your HVAC system work harder and cost you more in utilities. Keeping up on regular filter changes uses less power and is more eco-friendly.
3. Check Your Drain Line
Your air conditioning system collects condensation with regular use. It has a drainage system set up to route the collected water outside of your home. If debris clogs that drain, the water will back up into your home and can cause damage to your property.
Some air conditioning systems have a safety switch that makes them shut down if a drain line clog is detected. That protects your things but leaves you without functioning air conditioning until you can clear the clog.
You can suck the debris out of your drain line with a wet/dry shop-vac. In some cases though, that won’t be enough and you will have to call a professional to fix the problem.
4. Get Your System Checked By Professionals
The best way to prevent a problem is to have your HVAC system inspected on a yearly basis. That way, an ac service technician can identify problems before they happen. The last thing you want is for your system to go down on the hottest day of the year!
Proper Home Air Conditioner Maintenance Keeps You Cool!
If you follow the tips above for proper home air conditioner maintenance, you’ll avoid burning up during your next heat wave! You’ll also save money by using less power with a properly maintained system.
If you enjoyed this article, check out this article on other ways you can use less power and save money!