With warmer temps around the corner, your best defense is an air conditioning system. Proactive maintenance is key to having a properly functioning unit, so here are some important steps you can take now to be sure your system is in tip top shape for the summer sun:
Clean/change the filter once a month
One of the easiest steps one can do to keep the AC running smoothly. For central air systems, the filter is usually located on the face of the blower unit behind a metal panel. Just unscrew the panel, remove the old filter, and replace it with a new one. For window units, the filter is located on the face of the unit behind a metal or plastic panel. This is usually a permanent filter that can be cleaned with some white vinegar and water, just make sure it air drys completely before putting it back in your unit.
Clean the outdoor unit
Use a clean cloth or brush to gently clean the fins on the outside unit – be careful NOT to bend the thin metal. Also be sure to remove any dust, mud, and other debris that may show up on the coils if you don’t use a cover on your outdoor unit. For the exterior condenser to work properly, it needs unobstructed flow of air around it. Make sure at least 2 feet of clear space is available. Keeping the unit clean from debris will reduce resistance and boost your A/C’s efficiency.
Clean indoor duct-work
Since duct-work is hidden within your walls and ceilings, a full cleaning should be done by a professional. At Patterson, our air duct cleaning process is designed to remove and capture all contaminants from your duct system. You are also able to keep parts of the duct-work clean simply by inspecting and wiping down the visible parts of the ducts. Also, be sure to check these parts of the ducts for wear or water damage.
While homeowners can perform some of these procedures, others will require the help of a professional. When in doubt, give our air conditioning technicians at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call. It’s also good to schedule a pre season tune up with us to give your unit a thorough look over before sweltering temps take over.