Tips For Taking Care Of Your Air Conditioner

As the summer heat continues, you count on your air conditioning unit to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. The return air vent will pull air into the ducts to pass through the system and be cooled. The unit will work and work, cycling on and off to push the cool air out through the vents. While the system will continue to work on its own for a while, if you don't take care of it, you will end up with a high electric bill and the unit will start to break down. Here are a few simple ac maintenance tips to keep it running well and efficiently.

Clean Vent Filters

The return air vents will have filters in them that prevent dust and debris in the house from getting into the air conditioner. The filters may be disposable or cleanable. Disposable ones will need to be replaced every two months or more frequently if you live in an area with a lot of dirt and dust. If you have cleanable filters, make sure you clean and disinfect them regularly. If you only clean them, they may remain wet and mold will grow. Be sure to dry them and then spray them with a disinfectant that inhibits mold growth.

Clear Area Around Unit

Part of the unit is outside. It either sits beside the house or on top of it. It is important that nothing blocks the air around the unit. When you are outside, take a look at the unit and pull away any debris that has blown up against the fins. If you have any trees, shrubs, bushes, or other vegetation in the area, make sure it does not block the airflow to the unit. Trim everything so it is not in the way of the ac unit's air.

Clean the Coils

There is a cage around the motor, compressor, and internal parts of the outdoor ac unit. Remove the cage and look inside. You will see the coils that have the refrigerant in them. These coils can become very dirty. Carefully spray the coils with water from a garden hose to clean off any dirt and dust.

In addition to the simple tasks, you should have a professional come to service the unit every year. They can tell you if anything is starting to go bad and fix it before things get worse. This will keep your air conditioner working efficiently.

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