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How to check and maintain your air conditioner

Like any other home appliance, overwork leads to wear and tear, which leads to wasted energy. One thing that can help keep home appliances, and in this case your air conditioning, running smoothly and efficiently is to regularly check and maintain your appliance.

Below you will find cost-effective tips and tricks to help keep your air conditioner performing at an optimal level for comfort and ease. And if after going through all these steps not much changes, do not hesitate to seek professional help.

Note that whenever you’re inspecting or cleaning your unit, to have everything shut off while working.

Change, replace, and keep clean

It all starts with the filters. Filters pick up a lot of dirt and debris that clog the easy flow of air. Obstructed filters lead to your air conditioning having to use more energy to pass the same amount of air. Be sure to keep filters clean and/or replace when needed.

Evaporator and condenser

When your filters are clean, your coils don’t collect as much dirt as well. If coils are dirty there’s reduced airflow and the dirt stops the coils from absorbing heat. Avoid this by checking your evaporator coil yearly, and keeping the area clean of debris and foliage (if your unit is outdoors).

Coil Fins
Easily bent out of shape

Coil fins are aluminum fins around the evaporator and condenser coils. These fins can easily bend blocking proper airflow. To keep fins straight, you can buy fin comb to help wedge fins back into shape.

Drains Clogged Drains

It’s best to poke a wire through the drains from time to time. Debris and dirt can often clog drains causing reduced humidity and extra moisture which can discolor parts of the house such as walls and carpet.

Window Seals

For room air conditioners

Before you plan on using your air conditioner, make sure that your seal makes direct contact with the metal case of the conditioner. Any lapse in contact can cause cool air to seep out of your room. This will also cause moisture that will deteriorate your seal.

Prepare for Winter Storage or removal

In the winter, to avoid damage from the elements and debris, cover your room air conditioner or completely remove it for the season. For central air conditioning, cover the unit during the winter.

Professional Help
Beyond regular maintenance

Outside of regular check-ups and maintenance, seek a professional technician with issues outside of the scope of this article, such as leaks, thermostat accuracy, electrical considerations, specific airflow measurements, and other technical concerns.

Follow these simple steps to ensure regular inspection and maintenance of your air conditioning at home.