Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

Once the hot, humid days of summer set in, you want to make sure your central air conditioner is working at peak performance so you can remain comfortable inside your home. Over time, central air conditioners can become less energy efficient due to age and ordinary wear and tear. Another reason is the accumulation of grime, dust and dirt due to improper maintenance. However, if you make the effort to maintain it properly, your central air conditioner will operate at peak performance for many years.

Essential Maintenance For an Air Conditioning Unit

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Annual Tune-Up

It’s important to have your A/C system inspected annually by a professional to ensure optimum efficiency. An HVAC professional will clean the entire system, lubricate fans, check coolant levels, tighten electrical connections, check for more serious issues such as coolant leaks and --hopefully -- pre-empt major breakdowns. They will also inspect and clean the outdoor compressor unit. You can help to maintain your outdoor unit by making sure it’s free of debris such as dead leaves and grass and that nothing is blocking airflow to and from the compressor.

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Clean and Inspect Air Ducts

If your air ducts are dirty, fine particulate matter can drift into your home once the air conditioning is turned on, lowering the quality of the air you're breathing. This dirty air then drifts back to the air conditioning unit and can reduce its efficiency and impede airflow. To prevent this, hire a professional to clean your air ducts and also check for and seal any leaks to improve the overall efficiency of your system. Vacuum duct covers and just inside the air ducts whenever you clean your home to reduce dust and dirt buildup, which will improve the efficiency and air quality in your home.

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Change the Air Filter

The air filter is located in front of the air handler of your air-conditioning system. Before air returns to the air handler, it passes through the filter, which collects all the dust and dirt from the air in your home so that your system doesn’t get damaged. Over time, the air filter gets clogged with dirt and debris, which means air no longer flows freely to the air handler, causing your A/C system to function less efficiently. To extend the life of your system and allow it to run as efficiently as possible, be sure to change your air filter regularly.

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Check the Insulation on Your A/C Unit’s Pipes

To keep the air in your home as cool as possible, it’s a good idea to check the insulation on your A/C unit’s coolant pipes and replace any insulation that’s worn out or torn.

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Use Your System Less

The less you use your A/C system, the longer it will last and the lower your cooling bills will be. Here are some things you can do in and around your home so that you need to rely less on your A/C system to cool your home:

  • Use a smart or programmable thermostat to schedule the temperature in your home so that you’re only cooling the house when someone is at home.
  • Caulk any leaks around your home. Use weatherstripping on doors and windows to minimize air leaks.
  • Keep curtains closed during the day in sunlit rooms to prevent the house from getting too warm from the sun.
  • Use ceiling fans turning counter-clockwise to cool individual rooms. They will cut down on your overall energy use.
  • Avoid using heat-generating appliances, such as the stove or clothes dryer, during the day to keep your home cooler.

Following these recommendations will keep your A/C system working optimally during the hot days of summer for years to come and also lower your energy bills.

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