Summer is just around the corner and so is full-time use for most of us when it comes to running air conditioners in our homes.
Maintaining your air conditioning unit not only keeps you cool but can also save you money along the way in repairs and energy.
While some of the tasks associated with air conditioner maintenance can be done by you, never hesitate to call a professional to come in and take care of the maintenance for you, especially if you’re unsure or uncomfortable.
Filter.It’s really important to ensure that the filter in your air conditioner is clean. When the filter is dirty, it means your unit has to work harder and could even introduce more dirt and dust into your home. You should either clean it monthly, if it is one of the reusable types, or replace it during the summer high-usage months. You don’t need to replace it that often during the cooler months, when the unit is not in use.
Wiring and components.It goes without saying that you should never work on your air conditioner unless the power is off. Check for signs of overheating or loose connections. The capacitators should also be checked with an electrical test meter.
Thermostat.Make sure your thermostat is working correctly and is keeping your home the right temperature. You may want to consider a newer, programmable model if you still one of the older, mechanical types.
Condenser unit fan. Check your fan to ensure it’s still in good condition and doesn’t have any chips or cracks in the blades. You should also ensure that, if you have an older unit, make sure motor bearings are well-oiled as well.
Outside the unit.Make sure that you remove all debris around the unit such as grass clippings, dirt, leaves and anything else that might be building up and could decrease the capacity and reduce the air flow. Use a garden hose (not a power washer) to wash out the debris. Trim any shrubs or trees that are around your unit.
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