Your air conditioner is an important and relatively expensive investment in your home. After hunting down the perfect AC unit, you want it to run as smoothly as possible. 

Without regular upkeep and maintenance, you might find yourself paying for unnecessary repairs or replacements for situations that could have been avoided. Not to mention, you won’t have to go hours or days in a hot home while you wait for an HVAC technician.  

Most homeowners don’t know how to maintain their air conditioners, so in this blog post, we’ll outline everything you need to do to keep your AC properly maintained and running smoothly.

Why is AC Maintenance So Important?

Like a car, your air conditioning system needs to be maintained to keep all the systems that make it work run smoothly. Think about it the same way you’d think about an oil change, in that it needs to be completed regularly to be effective (plus, a professional touch always saves time and money!) 

Properly maintaining your air conditioner also greatly increases its lifespan. An air conditioner that’s been well cared for can last years longer than one that is neglected. While you can do a lot to increase efficiency (like buying an Energy Star certified air conditioner), maintenance is a simple way to make sure your system stays as efficient as possible. Cooling your home can eat up a lot of your savings over the years, so it’s important to reduce cooling costs as much as possible. Plus, you’ll be saving a considerable amount of money that would eventually go toward repairs or replacements by spending a few dollars (or a bit of time) on maintenance. 

How to Maintain Your Air Conditioner

Before doing any repairs or maintenance on your AC, make sure the power to the unit is turned off for the protection of you and the unit itself. If you feel unsure about your safety at any time, get in touch with a professional HVAC company in Edmonton for guidance. 

Change the Air Filters

This is easily the simplest way to maintain your air conditioner! Replacing your air filter improves the efficiency of your airflow. Air filters also stop particles like dander from entering your home. If the filter isn’t changed often enough, it will reduce airflow and lower the air quality in your home. Filters should be changed around once per month, though this time may vary depending on whether you have dusty conditions, pets, or anything else that might put extra strain on the unit. 

Clean the Coils

Your AC’s evaporator and condenser coils collect dirt, impeding airflow and reducing the amount of heat they can absorb. These coils will need to be cleaned regularly using a good coil cleaner, and condenser coils may need to be cleaned more often if there are a lot of dandelions or grass surrounding it.

Check and Straighten Coil Fins

Evaporator and condenser coils have fins that are prone to bending over time. This can heavily reduce the airflow of your air conditioner if you don’t check it often. If you do notice bending, you can buy a fin comb or contact a professional HVAC technician to help solve the issue.

Clean Around the Outdoor Unit

Another simple cause for the decreased efficiency of your air conditioner is debris in and around the outdoor unit. Clear away everything surrounding the unit, such as grass, leaves, and dandelions. Trim any bushes or shrubs to a distance of at least 2 feet away from the unit.

Level the Outdoor Unit

Over time, the pad under your outdoor AC unit can sink into the ground, which could lead to refrigerant leaks and the system not functioning properly. Check the level of your outdoor unit at least once a year. If you find that it isn’t level, you can move it yourself using rot-resistant shims or hire a professional to fully level the pad. 

Check the Condensate Drain

The condensate drain moves moisture out of the system, but since it’s always moist, it’s prone to becoming clogged by mould or mildew. Be sure to check regularly that your condensate drain line is working properly, and if not, get in touch with our professionals at Max Heating & Air Conditioning.

Hire a Professional for Maintenance

When you’re busy with everything else in your life, maintaining your air conditioner probably isn’t something you want to spend your time on. At Max Heating and Air Conditioning, we want to make sure your system is running perfectly at all times without causing you any stress. Our regularly scheduled maintenance services ensure that you don’t have to worry about taking care of or repairing your air conditioner – now or any time in the future. Contact us today to see how we can help you with your HVAC system.