Summer Air Conditioner Maintenance

Summer air conditioner maintenance is just as important as cleaning the gutters or trimming the hedges. Unfortunately, too many homeowners neglect this critical part of annual HVAC care. If you're in that group, your home system is not operating as efficiently as it could be. The chance of mechanical failure is also increased. Fortunately, getting your unit ready for high temperature weather is straightforward.

5 Summer Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

1. Change the Air Filter

First, check your air filter. It's probably dirty. If it is, change it out for a new one. This is the best thing you can do for your air conditioner before summer starts. It's also something you should do regularly anyway.

2. Clean the Condensate Drain

When it is cooling, an air conditioner creates condensation. That means water. The water exits your house in a condensate drain. If it's clogged, that water can overflow somewhere it's not supposed to be. Which is bad. Check the condensate drain to make sure water is pouring out smoothly.

3. Clean the Outside Coils and Fins

The dirtier the condenser coil and fins, the less efficient your air conditioner will be. Disconnect the power and spray down the outside unit with a garden hose. You can use a soft brush to clean the fins. Be careful not to bend the metal during the cleaning.

4. Clean Around the Condenser

Are there any loose twigs, weeds, or other debris around your condenser? Clean that away. In fact, make sure your condenser has plenty of clearance, at least a couple feet, all around it to make sure it can breath.

5. Inspect the Ductwork

You want to keep the rooms in your home cool and comfortable. You're probably not much interested in cooling the crawlspace or attic. Inspect your ductwork to make sure there aren't any cracks and breaks leaking air. You can seal simple leaks with tape. For serious breaks, you may need to call a specialist.

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