It is getting hot outside. Keep it cool inside.
During a hot summer, air conditioning is a must-have for any home. Unfortunately, air conditioning units can sometimes break down, leaving you sweltering in the heat until you can get the unit repaired. You can avoid this unpleasant experience by doing maintenance work on your air conditioner during early summer, so that any problems can be identified and fixed before temperatures soar during July and August. Air conditioner maintenance is not difficult and could increase the lifespan of your unit. Simply follow this guide to enjoy a well-maintained air conditioner that will be able to help you keep your cool all summer long.
Preparing Your Air Conditioner for Maintenance
Before you do any maintenance work on your air conditioner, you must turn off the electricity supply to the unit. Only after you have disconnected the air conditioner from the power is it safe to remove the cover and begin your maintenance work.
If you still have the owner’s manual for your air conditioner, then dig it out of the attic or basement so that you can refer to it. However, even if you have thrown away this helpful guide, you can still do useful maintenance work. Begin by checking and cleaning the following parts of your air conditioner.
The filters are the parts of your air conditioner that remove dust, debris, and dirt from the air before it is recirculated. Because of this function, filters need regular cleaning to prevent them from becoming blocked. To remove debris from the filters, take them off and rinse them under running water. Make sure that the filters are thoroughly dry before replacing them in the air conditioner.
Air conditioner filters should be cleaned regularly. The dirt that builds up on filters can start to smell if it is left on them for a long period of time. Clean filters at the beginning of summer, so that there is no chance of bad smells or your air conditioner failing to cool effectively.
The condenser coil is an essential part of an air conditioner, but it can easily become clogged by dirt and dust. A handheld vacuum cleaner can be used to suck away debris from the blades of the fan. This helps the fan work efficiently. You may find that some of the blades of the fan are bent or dented, in which case you can either bend the blades back into shape or replace the part.
The condenser tube can become blocked, which could eventually cause your air conditioner to stop working. If possible, remove the condenser tube so that you can clean it out.
Check that the insulating panels are in good condition. Replace or repair dented panels. Also, check the insulation around the AC pipes. Good insulation is essential to make your air conditioner work effectively.
Is the thermostat on your air conditioner calibrated correctly? Check that the temperature of the air conditioner’s thermostat matches the temperature on a regular thermostat.
In addition to maintaining the parts of your air conditioner, you also need to ensure that there is sufficient air flow around the unit. Without adequate air flow to dissipate the heat, your air conditioner can become overheated and suffer damage.
Air Conditioner Maintenance
By regularly maintaining your air conditioner, you can prevent problems from arising. Air conditioner maintenance is particularly important during the summer months, when your air conditioner is likely to be working extremely hard to keep you and your family cool. You should also ensure that your air conditioner is covered by insurance in case serious problems arise.