How to Prevent Air Conditioner Breakdowns this Summer

Posted by: Anna | 07/16/2013 at 02:53 PM

How to Prevent Air Conditioner Breakdowns this Summer

As the weather heats up this summer, the last thing you need is the expense and inconvenience of a broken air conditioner. In addition to annual maintenance by an HVAC professional, the following do-it-yourself suggestions will help prolong the life of your air conditioner and help your unit run more efficiently.

  • Change Filters – Dirty air filters reduce the air quality in your home and can lead to larger issues with your unit. Homeowners should check their air filters every 30 to 60 days. If you have standard 1-inch disposable filters, for example, you should replace them on a monthly basis.
  • Clear Drain Line – Mold and mildew can build up in the condensation drain line in your air conditioning unit. Clean your drain line with bleach or a store-bought algaecide to prevent a messy backup of water into your home.
  • Clean Condenser Unit – The fan inside your outdoor air conditioner unit, known as a condenser, sucks in air and, with it, dirt and debris. To clean your condenser, begin by turning off the power. If there is any plant growth around your unit, trim it back. Begin the cleaning process by brushing or vacuuming away any surface dirt on the outside coils. Remove the fan and clean out any debris inside. Lastly, clean dirt off the inside of your unit with a hose before reinstalling the fan.
  • Professional Maintenance – To keep your air conditioner in tip top shape, it’s recommended that you have your indoor and outdoor units serviced once a year. Maintenance performed by an HVAC professional will reduce the chance of a costly breakdown down the line.

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