Maintenance on the air conditioning is really important because it helps you reduce on energy costs and keeps the system working for longer. You will also save on repair costs when the system is well maintained. It is important that before the cooling season comes the AC is working efficiently. Energy costs are some of the major costs incurred in running a house and therefore ensuring the AC is running efficiently is important. Here are some maintenance tips you can do on your air conditioning.
Clean the condenser or compressor unit
This is the unit located outside the house. Before you embark on any of these maintenance practices ensure that the AC is turned off and disconnected from the socket. Remove the screws on the cover of the condenser and move the lid which holds the fan. Remove the debris in the condenser by hand you you could clean with a dry vacuum. After that using a garden hose spray water to the fins of the condenser from the inside so that the dirt and debris between them is sprayed outside. After that you need to straighten the fins if they are bent in order for the condenser to be effective in passing air in and out. When you are done replace the fan grill and ensure it is screwed in tightly.
Clear the area around the condenser
Ensure that the area around the condenser does not have any plants surrounding it. This is so that the condenser can have proper air flow. Also clean the area around and remove and leaves and debris to avoid it from getting back into the condenser. Ensure that the condenser is level so that it operates well.
Clean the evaporator coil
This is located inside the house on the furnace unit. With a brush dust the coil and then spray with a coil cleaner available in the home improvement stores. After that place a drain pan tablet in the drain so that there is no algae formation which can clog the drain.
Change the filter
The filter should be changed at least twice an year before the cold season and before the hot season. The filters should be replaced with new ones. The filters used should have the same airflow rating as the ones in the AC because using a different rating can cause the air conditioner not to work well. When installing the filters ensure that the arrows on the filter match those ones on the duct. After you are done close the door to the filter securely.
These maintenance practices can be carried out by people who are DIY enthusiasts. If however you feel that this is too much for you it is always advisable to seek the services of a professional plumber or HVAC repair professional.