The temperature is getting hot and your air conditioner is on full blast. The last thing you want is for it to rumble and then go silent. Your air conditioner system needs regular maintenance to prevent sudden breakdowns. However, rather than calling a professional service for regular air conditioner maintenance, there are certain basic maintenance steps you can take.
So, what air conditioner maintenance can you do at home?
Clean the Dust Off
Over time, your air filters and coils will get clogged with dust. The best thing to do is switch off the main air conditioner power switch. Open the main panel of the air conditioner system. Grab a brush and start cleaning the dust off the air conditioner air filter and coils.
Dust impacts the heat exchange through coils, reducing the energy efficiency of the cooling system, increasing your energy bills, and makes your AC work harder to cool your home.
Change the Air Filter
Once a year, you should replace your air filter with a new one. A filter is critical because it makes sure that your air does not contain pollutants and allergy particles. Regularly air filter cleaning will just extend the life of your air filter, but at some point, you have to completely replace it.
When picking a new air filter, choose one with a good minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV). Try to pick an air filter that has a MERV rating of 8+.
Clean the Condensor Drain
A key part of air conditioner maintenance is cleaning the condenser drain. Your AC system has a drain line that drains condensed water away. Check this drain for blockage build up. Some drain lines have mold growing inside. If that’s the case, a bit of vinegar can help clean the drain.
Schedule a Maintenance Check with a Professional
The above are just some of the air conditioner maintenance that you can conduct yourself at home. While these simple checks certainly help keep your air conditioner system running without any problem, a professional will simply do a thorough inspection.
What does an HVAC technician do:
- check blowers
- clean and inspecting coils
- check refrigerants
- replace filters
- grease bearings
- check seal duct leakage in central systems
- measure the air flow
It’s highly recommended that a professional inspection and air conditioner maintenance is done before the summer season. With Capital Plumbing, you can be sure that your air conditioner is in safe hands. Reach to us for better air conditioner care.