Regular Maintenance for Your AC Unit

Regular Maintenance for Your AC Unit

The hot summer weather is here again and you won’t survive without your air conditioning.  The last thing you need is your air conditioning breaking down during the dog days of summer.  If you want to make sure that doesn’t happen then regular maintenance for your AC unit in the spring is key.  You want to catch any problems before you are stuck paying for expensive emergency call outs.  Here is what you need to do.

Clean the Condenser Unit

If you don’t use your air conditioner all year round then you probably just cover it up in the winter and then start it back up when summer rolls around.  Ideally you should clean the condenser with a hose or with water and some mild soap.  This will give you the chance to make sure there are no leaks or cracks that need to be fixed.  Don’t just clean the unit but make sure you clean around the unit as well.

Change Your Air Filters

Clogged and dirty air filters means your AC has to work twice as hard to push cool air throughout your home.  It can also cause condensation to build up on your AC unit.  You should change your filters before summer comes to help your system run better.  If you have the type of filters that can be clean, then clean them with some warm soapy water, if not then get some replacements from your local home improvement store.

Check the Indoor Unit

Assuming you have central air and not a window unit then you need to check the indoor unit as well.  Breakdowns happen just as often because of your indoor unit and you can end up having to call in an emergency repair team to fix it.  Thoroughly inspect all parts of your AC unit before you turn them on.

Get a Tune-Up

Ignore your HVAC unit at your own peril.  Regular maintenance and tune-ups will help your unit last for years.  Ignoring it will drive up your energy costs and you will end up with expensive breakdowns.  A local HVAC company can come in once a year before summer or fall and make sure that you heating and cooling systems are working just fine.  They can also tell you if it is time to replace your old unit for something more energy efficient.  Take care of your HVAC system and it will keep your home comfortable all year round.