Air Conditioner Maintenance
How to Maintain Your HVAC Like a Professional
The more you take care of your air conditioner, the more it will keep running smoothly and the longer it will last. Here are a few things you can do to make sure your HVAC is running well. You can take care of your AC like a real pro with these tips from the Expert HVAC care experts.
Here are a few simple things to do that will keep problems from occurring with your air conditioner:
- Check the air filters. Check the AC’s air filter at least once a month. If it looks dirty, you can either clean it or replace it. A dirty air filter can become clogged and restrict the air flow through the home. This puts greater wear on the unit and it costs more to operate the AC every time you turn it on.
- Clean the AC unit. Keep your air conditioner and its individual components clean. You want to use a shop vacuum as needed to get all the dirt and dust away from the unit and the ducts. This will keep any obstructions from forming which can also render the unit less efficient.
- Keep the area around the AC clear. Be sure that nothing is blocking the exterior of your unit. Keep branches or bushes trimmed so that they stay far away from the unit and make sure no debris is accumulating around it.
Schedule a Professional Inspection
Besides doing your own maintenance, you will want to have a professional come in to inspect your HVAC or air conditioning unit at least once every year. Ideally, you will do this before the summer months kick in. This inspection will help ensure that the unit is working efficiently.
Expert HVAC Care sends a technician to your home to perform a tune-up to ensure that your air conditioner is in good working condition. This helps make your AC last for many more years as problems can be spotted when they are still quick and easy to fix.
What AC System Do You Have?
The type of unit that you own has a lot to do with how it needs to be maintained. These include:
- Split systems that make use of an indoor and outdoor AC unit.
- Ductless split systems that use both indoor and outdoor units without a duct system.
- Packaged air conditioners which are units that sit outside.