DIY AC Maintenance Every Homeowner Should Know About

Your air conditioner needs maintenance just like your vehicle needs its oil changed. It helps the lifespan of the appliance last much longer, and helps the unit run more efficiently. Unfortunately, your HVAC system doesn't have a fancy dashboard that tells you something is wrong with an indicator light. Here are some helpful maintenance tips that are going to help with learning how to maintain the air conditioner.

Clear The Coils

Your AC's outdoor compressor has its look for a good reason. All that air gets pulled through the side of the unit and pushed out through the top to cool it. If you've let weeds and plants get a little wild near the compressor, it could be blocking those fins that it uses to suck the air in. Cleaning the fins of debris is enough to help improve airflow and prevent airflow problems

Rinse The Coils

Those coils on your condenser are likely very dirty, which is why they need to be rinsed with a garden hose. The best way to do this is by spraying the unit from the inside and forcing all the dirt to the outside. Simply keep spraying the unit until the water coming off the fins is clean.

Replace The Air Filter

A good way to check to see if your air filter needs replacement is to take it out and hold it up to a light. If you can't see light through the filter, it means that it is too dirty to be used in your air conditioner. When replacing the filter with a new one, pay attention to the direction that air flows through it. You'll see an arrow to let you know which side should face the blower unit to move that filtered air through your home

Don't Use The Humidifier During The Summer

Your unit may have a built in humidifier for the winter months, but many homeowners switch to air conditioning without much thought put into what other switching need to be flipped. Locate the humidifier and turn it off when you start needing cold air.

Verify The Thermostat Is Working

The main problems that can plague a thermostat is inaccurate temperature readings. You can make sure the thermostat is working properly by placing a thermometer near the thermostat. If they both read the same temperature, you'll know that the thermostat is working properly.

Reach out to an HVAC professional if you'd rather have someone perform all the maintenance for you so you don't miss anything.