Summer AC Maintenance
If you're like most homeowners preparing for summer, you're eyeing the "cool" switch on your thermostat, making plans to get your air conditioner up and running.
It's vital to remember to maintain your air conditioner over the summer. If you're not sure where to start regarding AC maintenance, our team of experts is here to help. We've put together a summer AC maintenance guide that will help keep your unit in top shape all season long.
Changing Air Filters
One of the essential aspects of air conditioner maintenance is changing your air filters. Depending on the type of filter you have, you'll need to change it every 35 to 90 days.
A clogged air filter will make your AC unit work harder and less efficiently. This can lead to several problems, including:
- Your AC unit may not be able to keep your home cool enough.
- Your AC unit may make strange noises.
- Your AC unit may run for longer than normal, increasing your energy bill.
- Your AC could be damaged by a buildup of dust and debris.
If you have pets or notice you have a lot of dust in your home, you may need to change your filters more frequently. Check your owner's manual for specific instructions.
Using a higher MERV air filter will also help keep your air conditioner running smoothly and your air clean. MERV, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, is a rating system that rates air filters on a scale from one to 20.
The higher the MERV rating, the more efficient the filter is at trapping particles. For most homes, we recommend using a filter with a MERV rating of 8 to 13.
If you're not sure which type of filter to use, our team can help you choose the right one for your home.
Cleaning the Condenser Coils
The condenser coils are located on the outside unit of your air conditioner. Over time, they can become covered in dirt and dust, affecting their ability to function correctly.
To clean the coils, you'll need to turn off your air conditioner and remove the casing around the unit. Once the coils are exposed, you can use a brush or hose to remove debris. Be sure to replace the casing before turning your system back on.
Protecting Your Unit
To protect your unit and keep it running efficiently, keep foliage from getting too close. Over time, branches and leaves can cause problems for your AC unit, including restricting airflow and damaging the exterior. Be sure to trim back any branches or plants, and if you have bushes or other foliage near your unit, make sure they're not blocking airflow.
Another thing to watch out for is damage from people. During summer, it's easy for people to run into accidentally, hit a ball into, or drop that ladder you're using to clean the gutter onto your AC. Make sure nothing is blocking the unit that could cause someone to trip and fall into it, and try to keep it away from high-traffic areas if possible.
It's no secret that air conditioners work hard during the summer months. Whether you have a central AC unit or a window unit, it's important to keep up with annual tune-ups and maintenance. Not only will this help your AC unit run more efficiently, but it can also prevent costly repairs down the road.
Don't wait until your AC unit breaks down to start thinking about maintenance - by then, it will be too late! Stay ahead of the game and schedule annual tune-ups for peace of mind all summer long. Plus, investing in tune-ups and regular maintenance will help prolong the life of your air conditioner and save you money on costly repairs down the road.
Here for Summer Comfort
Now that you know the basics of how to take care of your air conditioner, it's time to contact the Quality Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical team and schedule a tune-up. Our experts will make sure your cooling system is running at its best so you can stay comfortable all summer long. Don't wait - call us today at (865) 622-7785!