Temperatures can really heat up during the summer months, and you may be wondering what you can do to keep your air conditioning unit running efficiently. By following a few simple maintenance tips, you can help ensure that your unit is operating correctly and able to keep your home cool all summer long.
- Air Duct Cleaning. If you have lived in your home for several years but have never had your air ducts cleaned, it may be long overdue. Not only will professional air duct cleaning improve your indoor air quality, but it can also help your air conditioning unit to run at its best.
- Remove Debris. Keep your outdoor air conditioning unit free of debris like leaves, pollen, and dirt by sweeping the outer surface with a broom and spraying inside with your garden hose. Trim back shrubs and clean around the vent.
- Straighten the Fins on the Outdoor Unit. As you are hosing off your outdoor unit, you may notice that some of the fins have become bent. This can reduce efficiency because of the reduced amount of air flowing through the fins. Use a butter knife or a commercially available fin-straightening tool to gently straighten the fins.
- Replace Air Filters. Especially during the summer months, dirt and allergens are likely to clog your air filter, which will make it more difficult for your air conditioning unit to circulate air through your home. Check your filter once a month and replace it as needed.
- Clean the Coils. Your air conditioner has an evaporator coil and a condenser coil, and both need to be clean and free of debris. Your air filter helps to reduce the amount of dirt that eventually reaches the coils, but both need to be cleaned once a year.
- Clean the Evaporator Drain. Algae and mold can grow and eventually clog the drain. Refer to your manual or an online video with your specific model to find out the best cleaning method for your unit.
If you have followed these tips but find your air conditioning unit is not working the way it should, our highly trained technicians are here to get the job done right. Please call us at Workman Heating, Air and Appliance Repair today!