A well-maintained air conditioner is one that will be less likely to break down at the worst possible time.
It’s also one that will run more efficiently and last longer – which ultimately saves you money!
If you’re not sure what to pay attention to with your AC, here are some easy air conditioner maintenance tips to help you out.
Replace/Clean Your Filter
When your air conditioner’s filter becomes full of dust and debris, don’t expect it to do a good job keeping your indoor air clean and healthy.
A dirty filter also makes your AC work much harder. Replace or clean – if you have a reusable filter – your filter at least once a month during high-use seasons.
Visually Inspect Various Components
Before you do this, make sure power to your air conditioner is turned off. Next, take off the access panel on the condensing unit.
Look for potential issues such as burned out or worn wires, melted insulation on your wires, or loose connections.
If you see any serious issues, err on the side of caution and call on local heating and cooling expert.
Check Your Thermostat
Ideally, the thermostat that controls your air conditioner should display an accurate temperature or one that’s only a few degrees off – at most.
It should also be able to trigger your AC to run if you adjust the settings.
Another step you can take with maintenance is to change the batteries if your thermostat is either showing an inaccurate display or not triggering the desired response when you test it to run a cycle.
Look at Your Condenser Unit Fan
Also make sure your air conditioner’s power is turned off before you perform this maintenance task.
Start by checking the fan that’s on top of your outside condenser unit. Specifically, look for blades that are visibly cracked or showing signs of wear.
Cracked, excessively worn, or damaged blades should be replaced. If you have an older air conditioner unit, you may need to regularly oil the fan motor bearings.
Clean Your Outside Unit and the Area Around It
Leaves, dirt, and glass clippings are just some of the things that can build up over time around the outside of your air conditioner unit. What this can do is reduce airflow and system capacity.
During routine maintenance, clean your outdoor unit by first shutting off the power to it.
Next, use a garden hose – but not a power washer – to clean off the unit. But be careful not to damage the coil or fan blades. It can also be helpful to:
- Trim back shrubs and plants
- Check to see that the unit is still on a stable surface
- Look for signs of rust or other types of damage once you cut away excessive vegetation from around the unit
As for when to do routine maintenance, the general recommendation is before you start using your AC and just after you are done using it for the year.
If you are uncomfortable doing any of these maintenance steps yourself, call on a trusted company like Deep Chill air conditioning to inspect, adjust, or repair your air conditioner.
Plus, some of these tasks are best performed by trained technicians.