How to Maintain Your AC All Summer
With summer right around the corner, it’s time to think about your AC unit. Even if it comes on and seems to be functioning properly, it’s important that you keep the needs of your AC unit in mind. Properly maintaining your air conditioner will prevent it from breaking down and save you from spending hundreds, maybe even thousands on repairs. Continue reading to learn how to maintain your AC unit during the summer months.
Clean and Replace the Filters
Cleaning out and switching your air filters is one of the easiest forms of AC maintenance. However, a lot of people don’t do this enough. Having a clogged air filter prevents the air from flowing properly, cause a blockage and in rare cases, even contaminate the air. To make matters worse, your utility bills will increase significantly. Make sure that you change your filter at least every month or two to keep your AC unit running properly.
Keep the Condensation Lines Tidy
If you’re not sure what it is, the condensation line is what keeps the condensation away from your AC unit. If this line becomes clogged, it can back up into the air condition, or worse, into your house. Thankfully, this can be easily rectified by locating the pipe and ensuring that it’s draining properly. If it’s not, you’ll need to call an HVAC specialist. Never wait until you see water leaking to schedule a service call.
Put In a Programmable Thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat can help you save both energy and money, especially during the summer. Basically, you can program it to switch your air conditioning on and off without having to be at home. For instance, although it’s better to leave the temperature set and not adjust it too much, there are times when it doesn’t need to run.
Leaving your HVAC unit to run while you’re away may keep your home cool, but it will also increase your utility bills. Finally, most homeowners can easily swap out their old thermostat for a new one without scheduling a service call. However, this can also be done when you have your annual AC checkup.
Clean the Coils
Over the winter, it’s not uncommon for your unit to accumulate dirt and debris. If you don’t use a cover to protect your AC unit, this may clog the unit, which can cause system malfunction. If you have a lightly soiled outdoor unit, turn off the power and use your garden hose to clean the outside of it. If the buildup is extensive, you’ll need to purchase an air conditioner cleaner from your local hardware store.
Your AC unit works hard to keep you and your family comfortable during the summer. Keep it in top form by performing seasonal maintenance. If you’d like to know more ways to keep your air conditioning working like new, contact us by calling our number at 301-468-2665 today!