3 Steps To Properly Maintain Your Air Conditioning System

Proper air conditioning maintenance plays a very important role in promoting energy efficiency, preventing excessive repairs, and protecting your warranty coverage. In order to ensure your air conditioning system is being properly maintained, you will need to complete each of the three steps below.

Step #1: Clean Or Replace Your Air Intake Filter

Your air intake filter helps to prevent dirt, dust, and other debris from entering your air conditioning system and causing blockages. In order to ensure this filter works properly, you will need to clean or replace it from time to time. In order to do this, you will first need to locate the filter on your specific system. This filter is often located behind the front cover of your air conditioner or in a pull-out drawer alongside the air conditioning unit. In some cases, this filter will also be located behind the main air intake vent in your home. This vent is often located very close to the main air conditioning unit. Once you have located the filter, simply remove it and check to see if it is soiled. If the filter is dirty, either clean it or replace it. 

Step #2: Clean Your Outdoor Condenser

Dirt and debris can also cause problems in your outdoor condenser. When maintaining this portion of your cooling system you will want to begin by trimming or pulling any weeds and grass that have grown around the condenser. Do not use lawn equipment to complete this task since it can easily damage the protective cage around your condenser. Next, you will want to use your garden hose or a bucket of water to wash away any remaining dirt. Again, you will want to avoid the use of more powerful tools such as a pressure washer since these can cause damage. 

Step #3: Have Your Air Conditioner Professionally Serviced

While most of the maintenance your air conditioner requires can be completed on a do-it-yourself basis, you will still need to make use of professional maintenance services as well. These services should be used each year before the start of the cooling season in order to ensure your air conditioner is in tip-top condition. As part of this professional maintenance service, you can expect your HVAC contractor to clean away any debris that has made its way into your cooling system. They will also inspect your unit for signs of wear and recommend any repairs that may need to be completed.

For help with your AC maintenance, contact an HVAC contractor in your area.