In order for your air conditioner to run all summer long, you're going to need to do some maintenance. Just as with any appliance and moving part of your home, you need to do work on the unit from time to time. If you aren't performing routine maintenance on your air conditioning system, you could end up with premature breakdowns, or you could shorten the lifespan of your system greatly. Read on for some air conditioning maintenance tasks you should perform this summer on your unit.
Clean It Off
Clean off your unit to remove buildup from pollen, dirt, and other debris that can blow into your unit. This debris can buildup on the fins of the unit and cause a block in the airflow to your unit. When this occurs, the unit can overheat and shut down. You need to clean these fins at least once per season, or more often if you have a lot of debris that can blow into your unit and clog it, such as a lot of trees, live near an open field, or you have a lot of landscaping nearby. Spray the unit with your garden hose to remove the debris from the fins.
Clean Around It
Clean around the unit to remove any landscaping that is growing to close to your unit. If you have overgrown bushes, flowers, or other greenery growing close to your unit, it can also block the airflow. You need at least 2 feet of clearance surrounding your unit for air to get to the system properly. Clean up the surrounding area if needed to ensure there is proper airflow.
Make any necessary repairs to your unit when you spot an issue, including bent fins, dry rotting of the condensate line insulation, dents or damage to the cover, or anything else you can see that may be wrong with your unit that you can repair on your own. If you have a repair that needs to be completed to the unit that you cannot handle on your own, you should hire a professional to do the repair for you.
Your air conditioner is going to need maintenance completed each summer in order for it to run properly season after season. If you are not able to complete these or other maintenance tasks on your system, you should hire a professional to do the work for you.