Tips for Maintaining Your Air Conditioner
You may not be thinking about your air conditioning system around this time of the year. In fact, you’re probably more concerned about heating air than cooling it. But in a few short months it will be cooling season and you’ll want your air conditioner to be up and running in peak condition before the hot summer weather hits.
Importance of Air Conditioner Maintenance
Air conditioner maintenance probably isn’t at the top of your to do list right now, but it should be if you like to keep cool. Your AC works hard for you. And all that hard work means that it can sometimes become damaged or break down. By regularly maintaining your air conditioner, you can avoid sudden breakdowns, smaller repairs, and costly replacements. Plus, you’ll extend your unit’s lifespan!
You don’t want your AC to quit when you need it most. Fortunately, by taking the time to inspect and maintain your unit now, you can help ensure your AC stays working as long as possible. Here are some simple air conditioner maintenance tips to keep your system healthy and make sure it’s ready for summer.
Clean Your Filter
This is probably the most important part of air conditioning maintenance. Dirty filters become clogged. This forces your ac system to work harder than normal because of the reduced airflow. Plus, your cooled air will have more dust and allergens in it. Finally, this dust can build up in your evaporator coil, damaging its ability to absorb heat. To keep your indoor air quality high and keep your air conditioning unit running as long as possible, make sure to change your filter every few months – three at the least.
Clean Your Outdoor Unit
In the summer and fall months there can be a lot of debris falling into your outdoor air conditioning unit. This can clog your system, cause reduced airflow, and even reduce the system’s ability to cool air. Fortunately, there’s an easy step to take to solve this common problem. This spring, before you turn on your AC unit, shut off its power and gently clean out any debris. Be very careful and gentles when you’re doing this, as you don’t want to damage your condenser coil.
Check Your Condenser Unit
You’ll need to check your condenser unit to see if there’s an excessive build-up of dirt or if there are any chips or cracks in the fan. To do this, shut the unit off first, then inspect the fan. The blades are probably covered in a layer of dirt and grime, which you can easily clean off. Some of the blades, however, may be in bad condition and will need to be replaced. If that’s the case, call in the professionals first.
Clean Your Condensate Drains
Your condensate drain is a small drain that carries the humidity your AC pulls out of the air. Because it’s so small, it’s very easy for the line to become clogged by sediment or mold. When this happens, you’ll notice a build-up of water as a leak, or in the form of stained walls. If this happens it’s always best to call a professional to help unclog the drain.
Call a Professional
Not all of us know how (or want) to maintain our AC units. If you’re not sure what to do or if you think your air conditioner is damaged beyond repair, don’t hesitate to call the pros at Max Heating and AC. We’re ready to perform air conditioner inspections, complete necessary repairs, or even install a new system. At Max Heating and AC we keep your heating and cooling systems running in peak condition, year round. Contact us today to book your inspection.