Picture this: It is the first day of summer. It is sweltering outside and inside your home the temperature is rising. You flip on the switch on your air conditioner and…nothing happens. Avoid this scenario by properly taking care of your unit and prepping it for the upcoming summer. Now is the time to get your A/C system working well. Air conditioners are complex machines and, if taken care of, will last a long time. If they are neglected, they can end up costing you a fortune and your energy bills will skyrocket. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do now to get your unit ready for those warm summer days.
1) Clean and replace filters
The first step is to clean and/or replace your furnace or air-handler filters twice a year or when they start to get clogged with dust. Not cleaning or replacing filters will restrict airflow, which reduces efficiency and will recirculate dust into your home.
2) Clean the air conditioner condenser
When an air conditioner sits idle for months at a time, leaves and debris can collect inside. Dirt that collects on the coils can reduce efficiency and can clog the coils. They must be cleaned at the start of every cooling season. To clean the coils, the side panel must be removed, as well as the top panels or protective grills. Be sure the power to the unit is turned off. Use a refrigerator coil brush or soft brush on a vacuum to gently clean the coils. Do not bend or damage them. For more stubborn debris, a commercial coil cleaner or a hose with a trigger-style nozzle can be used. Next, scoop out any leaves or debris out of the base of the condenser and make sure the drain is clear, if there is one. Using a vacuum and a rag, clean the blower’s fan blades and tighten any loose mounting bolts. Cut and take out any weeds or vines that may have grown into the air conditioner condenser unit to ensure proper air flow.
3) Check coolant lines
Look to see if there are areas on the refrigerant tubes or pipes where the foam coolant insulation is frayed or missing. If you spot anything, replace it. You can install foam installation sleeves or use foam insulation tape.
Stay cool this summer and keep your wallet full!
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