This guest post on 4 Simple AC Maintenance Tips was provided for Blogging Mom of 4.
We’re in the middle of the summer, which also means your air conditioners is probably working overtime to cool off your home. One of the worst things that can happen to you on a hot summer day is an AC breakdown. Trust me, that’s one experience you’d rather not have, especially when the temperature is soaring outside. Now, if your AC has been neglected, it’s much more likely to run into problems when it’s overworking in the heat. A regular maintenance, on the other hand, keeps your AC units last that much longer and helps you avoid hefty replacement costs.
Here are 4 Simple AC Maintenance Tips that will increase the lifespan of your air conditioner and help you run it smoothly through this summer.
1. Keep the Vents Clean
The vents are where air is sucked from your home into the AC unit and blown into your home. A close look will show dust build-ups. Now imagine where this dirty debris gets blown when your AC unit turns on — there, you guessed it — right inside your home and into the air you breathe. To avoid this, make it a habit to clean the vents, at least once in two weeks.
2. Replace Air Filters Regularly
Your AC filters are meant to be replaced at a regular interval considering their heavy duty job of keeping dirt, dust, debris and other particles from mixing with the indoor air. Since they are designed to trap the dirt, they are always at the risk of getting clogged. When this happens, it may interrupt the smooth airflow, making your AC run for longer hours to create the desired cooling effect. If your monthly utility bills have been snowballing out of control this summer, this may very well be the reason.
So how often do you need to change the filters? Well, a safe (and expert-approved) thumb-rule is — if it looks filthy, it needs to go.
3. Clean Your Outdoor Condensing Unit
The outdoor condensing unit is always prone to gathering dirt and debris, which may cause its fins to get choked. This will block your AC’s air circulation process and reduce its efficiency over time. This is why you must watch out for any debris that may collect on the condensing unit. Cleaning it once every other week will keep problems out of your way.
4. Get Your AC Professionally Serviced Twice a Year
Along with regular at-home maintenance, it’s always advisable to get a licensed and certified HVAC professional to tune-up your AC units at least twice every year. A professional not only cleans up those parts of an AC that are out of your reach but also inspects your units thoroughly. That way any signs of problems can be detected early on, before they turn worse, saving you bigger expenses down the road. HVAC experts, Deep Chill air conditioning on the Gold Coast recommends, “A fully cleaned and efficient air conditioner will ensure your air conditioner is working to its full capacity giving years of comfort and energy savings.”
Follow these four tips to keep your AC running smoothly without blowing your budget, not only this summer but for many summers to come.