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March 19, 2018
Maintaining a Healthy Air Conditioning Unit
With Spring beginning and Summer fast approaching, that means we will be facing some extra hot days ahead. And it is during this time that many a person’s air-conditioner decides to take a nose dive, and stop working. That is apparently because of the added stress the unit is being put through, as it battles the elements to keep you cool and happy. That being said, all is not lost, as you can help ensure your unit does not stop working. Here are some AC maintenance tips to help you keep your unit running happy and healthy.
Clean and replace filters
It is pretty obvious, but you need to make sure you keep up with cleaning and replacing your air filters. You should clean or replace your furnace or air-handler filters twice a year or whenever they begin to look clogged with dust. If you do not, air flow will be restricted, reducing efficiency, and you will recirculate dirt into your home.
Clean the Coils
The coils to your A/C are usually located in the main unit outside. This means that they are susceptible to the elements, and all of the rigors that come with them. Your coils should be cleaned around once to twice a year. We would recommend that you call an air-conditioning specialist to come out and clean it, as it involves removing protective parts from the unit.
Clear out Debris
Just as stated, the unit is usually located outdoors; this means loose debris can collect around it. Scoop leaves and debris out of the base of the condenser and, if it has a drain, ensure that the drain is clear. Clean the fan blades with a vacuum and rag. And make sure to cut away and remove any weeds or vines that may obstruct airflow through the condenser unit.
Check the Coolant Lines
Make sure the lines and tubes used are in good shape and have any replaced that look worn out. Also, insulate any tubes in foam sleeves that are in need of it.
Allow the unit to dry thoroughly and then turn the power to the condenser back on by doing the following: First, turn the thermostat in your home to OFF. Then turn on the power at both the disconnect box and at the main panel. Last, switch the thermostat to COOL.