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How to Take Proper Care of Your Air Conditioner

Your air conditioner serves a very important role. In order to ensure it keeps doing its job properly, you must give it proper care. Complete these air conditioner maintenance tasks to keep summer’s favorite appliance in tip-top shape.

Change the filter. 

Your HVAC filter is designed to trap dirt, pollen, pet dander and other particles so they don’t end up in your indoor air or built up on your air conditioner’s coils. For standard filters, change the filter about once a month in the summer. Set a reminder on your phone or if you are in the Cleveland area, you can use our automatic email reminder service, so you don’t forget! Just pull the old one out and slide in a new one.

Keep the condenser protected in the winter.

When the weather starts to turn cold and you’re no longer using your air conditioner, make sure the outdoor condenser unit is protected from icicles and snow plows (if near the driveway). If you decide to use a cover, only use a cover that is made specifically for your unit. Others may not fit properly and can trap moisture near the unit, accelerating rusting. If you don’t have a cover, speak with your HVAC contractor about ordering one for you.

Clean the condenser.

This task is a lot easier than it sounds. When your condenser unit starts looking dirty, giving it a quick rinse will help restore its efficiency. Turn the electricity off to the unit for safety. Then, use a shop vac to remove the dust and debris from the fins. You may need to use a soft brush to loosen some of the debris. For a more thorough cleaning, it’s best to call an HVAC specialist. They can do this cleaning while they’re out for your annual inspection.

Schedule an annual inspection.

Each spring before you start using your AC for the year, have your HVAC technician do an annual inspection and make sure everything is working properly. They’ll make sure thermostat settings are appropriate, tighten any components that are becoming loose, lubricate the moving parts, and let you know if any additional air conditioning maintenance is needed.

To schedule your air conditioning maintenance appointment, get in touch with the experts at P.K. Wadsworth.

 

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