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How to Care For Your Air Conditioner During the Summer
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Monday, March 4, 2019

Your air conditioning unit works hard in the scorching summer months to keep your home cool. All that hard work and frequent use means that it is likely to become clogged and dirty. That is bad news for two reasons. One is that a clogged air conditioning unit will increase your utility bills. It’ll have to use more energy to keep your home cool. The other reason is that a clogged or dirty air conditioner unit is more likely to break down. That’ll lead to hefty repairs.

All of this can be avoided simply by maintaining your air conditioner in hot summer months. With that in mind, let’s see how you can maintain your air conditioning units during summer.

1. Check Pipe Insulation

Disintegrated or torn insulation can badly impact the cooling power of your air conditioning unit. Each summer, check the insulation covering your unit’s coolant pipes. If they are not in optimal condition, replace them. Removing the insulation and replacing it isn’t too hard, so you can do this task yourself. However, hire a professional if you face difficulty.

2. Replace Filters

Replacing air conditioner filters regularly is an important part of AC maintenance. That’s because when the air conditioner filter is dirty, the AC works harder. Hence, it utilizes more energy. Not only that, but a clogged filter can also damage your air conditioning unit. By replacing the dirty filters at the right time, you can save your bucks on utility bills and extend your air conditioning unit’s longevity.
How often should you change your air conditioner filters? This depends on different factors like frequency of usage, type of filter being used, whether you have pets or not and the make/model of the unit.

3. Clean the Coils

If your air conditioning unit’s coils are dirty, they won’t absorb heat effectively. So, it’s important to clean the condenser and evaporator coils when necessary. A garden hose may be used to clean these coils. However, care should be taken to ensure that electrical connections don’t get wet. It’s best to leave this job to a professional air conditioner technician. You might damage the unit if you attempt to clean the coils yourself.

4. Schedule a Maintenance

Before you start operating your air conditioning unit in the summer months, have it inspected thoroughly by a technician. A professional HVAC technician will check your air conditioning unit for any serious issues that warrant attention and fix them before they damage your unit. Maintenance of your air conditioning unit would ensure that your unit continues operating efficiently throughout the summer months.

Now that you know everything that must be done to maintain an air conditioner during summer months, start following our advice. If you need to hire a professional HVAC technician for air conditioner maintenance, contact Crane Heating and Air Conditioning.



 

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