Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 by Michelle Burgee
As a homeowner, your air conditioning system is one of the most important investments you’ll make for home — yet, it’s also one of the most expensive investments, which is why it’s so important to make small efforts to protect it. Fortunately, there are lots of ways you can maintain your air-conditioning system that are both easy and inexpensive, even if you’re an AC novice. Keep reading to learn five simple ways to maintain your air conditioner.
1. Change your air filter once per month
Changing the air filter in your air conditioning system on a regular basis is arguably the best thing you can do to maintain your AC. Luckily, it’s also one of the easiest and can be done in just a few minutes.
An air filter functions to stop particles like dander, dirt and dust from infiltrating the rooms of your home, but an air filter can only function efficiently if it’s clean and not bogged down with excess particulate matter. When air filters are too dirty to work efficiently, not only will it put excess strain on your air conditioner, but it can hinder the air quality in your home.
2. Keep the coils clean
Air conditioning coils are an important component of your AC system that function to help refrigerant absorb heat and cool your home. Over time, the coils become insulated with dirt, which reduces the amount of heat they can absorb. As a result, your air conditioning system has to work harder to cool your home.To avoid placing unnecessary strain on your AC, be sure to keep the coils clean. There are lots of ways you can do this, but we recommend starting by clearing the area around the condenser unit (the outdoor component) of any debris.
3. Check the fins
Within every air conditioning system is a condenser and an evaporator, each of which have fins. Over time, these fins can bend and cause insufficient airflow. To keep your air conditioner functioning efficiently, regularly check the fins to make sure they haven’t bent. If you notice bending, you can purchase a fin comb to remedy the issue.
4. Inspect the condensate drain
The condensate drain is an integral part of any air conditioning system as it allows the condensation created within the system to drain outdoors. Over time, the condensate drain can become clogged, which can impede drainage as a result.
To maintain your AC and ensure it is functioning efficiently, periodically check that the condensate drain is draining water properly — and if you do notice water isn’t draining properly, unclog the obstruction.
5. Schedule a professional maintenance appointment.
Between working and taking care of your family and other daily responsibilities, you may find yourself too busy to think about taking care of your air conditioning system. We always forget to appreciate how amazing our Air Conditioner is until it breaks and were stuck sweating without it. At Complete Home Solutions we pride ourselves in helping our customer’s make their home healthy, cool and comfortable. Does your AC system seems to be running well, yet your home feels under Air Conditioned? Is your upstairs too hot? Are there rooms in your home that you just can't cool? We can fix it! Give us a call so we can make your home cool and comfortable. Call 410-867-1202 for your free estimate.