We’ve all experienced it before. You’re living your life, happily enjoying the cool relief on a hot summer’s day that only a functioning air conditioner can provide, when suddenly the AC goes out. Now you’re looking at hours — or perhaps days — of hot indoor misery until you can get your air conditioner fixed. Even worse, perhaps, are the unwanted expenses you can now look forward to. Fortunately, there are a few steps for AC maintenance that you can take on your own so that incidents like this don’t happen.
Change the Air Filters
It’s such a simple thing to do, it’s amazing that more people don’t do it! Your air conditioner’s filters should be switched out (or cleaned) at least once every three months (and monthly during the busy summer months). When air filters become dirty they can affect the airflow that’s required for your air to cool. Reduced airflow means your air conditioner has to work harder to maintain the desired temperature. Not only does this put undue strain on your HVAC, but it can cause your monthly energy bills to spike. Changing out your air filters on a regular basis helps your AC run more efficiently, making your home cooler in the process.
Clean the AC Coils
The condenser and evaporator coils on your AC unit will collect dirt over time. This leads to a reduction of the airflow that’s supposed to insulate the coil, preventing it from absorbing heat out of the surrounding air. Furthermore, leaves, twigs, and bits of branches and grass can settle on your outdoor unit, impeding its performance. Periodically, it’s wise to clear all debris from your condenser, and also to make sure that there’s nothing growing too close to it. You’ll always want space between your outdoor unit and the surrounding plant and trees, so prune anything that you see is growing too close.
Straighten Coil Fins
Check the aluminum coil fins that cover the condenser and evaporator coils. It’s not uncommon for these to become bent, resisting the air that should be easily moving in and out of the unit. If this is the case, gently straighten them with a knife or a screwdriver until they’re no longer blocking the unit.
Clean Indoor Vents
Like anything else, vents can become dusty and dirty over time. When you’re dusting your home, take the time to dust these spots as well. Also, toys, furniture, dog beds and other household items can wind up in front of the vents and block them. Always make sure there’s space between the vents and the rest of the house.
Following these simple steps isn’t only necessary to make sure your AC is in good shape and unlikely to break down, it also ensures that you’re running your air conditioner at its most efficient level. This contributes to a cooler indoor environment while saving you on your monthly energy bills. You can help this process even further by calling Cool Air Mechanical for air conditioner service in Alpharetta. We’ll conduct a thorough review of your air conditioning service to make sure it’s running at full capacity. Contact us at (770) 266-5247 to schedule a maintenance appointment today!