Summer means you are going to want to get the most out of your home’s air conditoner, to keep you cool as temperatures rise outside. But an improperly maintained air conditoner can mean your temperature rises if it causes in high utility bills or bills for costly air conditioner repair. There are some basic tips for maintaining your air conditioner that you can execute yourself that will help you have a cool summer.
1. Make Sure You Change or Replace the Air Filter
A dirty or damaged air filter makes your air conditioner struggle to pull air through the system, and contaminants may damage your AC unit. Some filters can be washed and re-used, while others are simply replaced. Replacement filters are usually offered at home improvement stores.
2. Make Sure Your AC is Clear of Debris
You would be amazed how items can collect around your air conditioner when you aren’t paying attention. Leaves, branches and twigs, bird nests, and even trash can wind up blocking your unit. This makes the unit work harder, using more energy and costing you money for poorer performance. Inspect and unblock your air conditioner on a regular basis to keep it clear of obstructions.
3. Clean Fan Blades
Clean fan blades also help your air conditioner work more efficiently in pulling air through the cooling system, and improving the quality of air you get out of the system. A home vacuum cleaner with attachments can often do the job.
4. Clean Drain Lines
The air conditioner generates water through condensation as it cools air. Drain lines transport the resulting water out of the unit safely and allow your system to continue working. When an air conditioner drain line gets clogged, the water has nowhere to go, and can damage your home by leaking into windows and walls.
Some air conditioner maintenance can be done by almost anyone, but if you are uncomfortable with “do it yourself,” get in touch with a certified air conditioner company to carry out needed annual maintenance duties. This will keep your air conditioner working at peak efficiency and should save you from paying more for air conditioner repair later.