As temperatures soar across the country, we all begin to turn to air conditioning units and depend on them to keep us cool and comfortable. But, sometimes, we head to that thermostat, switch it on and… nothing happens. It is then that we can easily go into panic mode! After all, there are few things around the house that can cause more distress than HVAC concerns.More tips here: how to reduce the energy costs in a home including heating usage.
Tips for Maintaining Your Air Conditioning Unit
However, there are a variety of actions you can take to see that your air conditioning unit will continue to work – and not bail on you when you need it most. (It should be noted that before beginning any type of maintenance that you turn off your AC system to avoid risk of injury!) These actions include:
- Clean the compressor and condenser coils. These are key components in your HVAC system because they are responsible for pushing the cold air into your home or business. To clean them, you need to remove the fan guard and spray off the buildup.
- Check the coil fins. Sometimes the coil fins will get bent and thus impeded the smooth flow of air. A fin comb can be used to straighten the blades so that air can move more freely.
- Be sure your outdoor unit is level. Over the years, the platform on which your AC unit is resting will shift or even sink. Every few years, take time to level out the ground below your unit, so that the refrigerant can flow more efficiently. If you are not sure if your unit is level, just grab the level from the toolbox and sit it on top.
- Change the filter. Depending on the type of HAVC system your location has, it is necessary to replace or clean the filter – usually every 3 months but that depends on the system type. If you fail to change the filter then it will make AC run harder and allows dust and dander to slip through into your breathing air.
- Clean the evaporator coil using a mixture that is 50/50 water and bleach. Like the filter, this is susceptible to dirt and dust buildup. Since this piece is responsible for “creating” the cold air, any kind of residue will impede this process.
- Clean the evaporator drain using the same mixture as that used on the coil. This will kill any mold or mildew that may have built up. Any liquid that does not automatically drain can be sucked up with a wet/dry vac.
By taking time on a regular basis to see that your air conditioning unit is working properly, then you will be doing your part to keep your air conditioning system working all season. If you have any questions about your air conditioning system, talk to a local HVAC company and have them come out do a thorough inspection.