Warm seasons are soon upon us, and that means hot weather is here to stay for a while. Make sure you are staying cool by properly maintaining your air conditioner. When it comes to your AC unit, it’s important to nip any issues in the bud as soon as possible. By being proactive and scheduling regular maintenance check-ups, you can avoid more serious (and expensive) problems down the line. But how can you tell when your AC unit needs some extra attention?
If your AC unit is making strange noises, this is usually a sign that something is wrong. Common issues include loose parts or debris caught in the fan. If you hear any banging, grinding, or squealing coming from your AC unit, it’s time to call for professionals. However, if you choose to do it all by yourself feel free to follow these steps:
Keep the area around your AC unit clear of debris
It’s important to clear the area around your AC unit of any debris that might have accumulated over the winter. This will help ensure that your AC unit can work properly and efficiently all summer long.
Change your air filter every month
Changing your air filter is an important part of maintaining your home’s comfort and energy efficiency. In fact, experts recommend changing your air filter once a month. But how do you know when it’s time to change your air filter?
There are a few telltale signs that indicate it’s time to replace your air filter. If you notice any of the following, it’s time to get a new air filter:
- Your home feels stuffy or humid, even when the temperature is set correctly
- Your energy bills have increased, even though your usage hasn’t changed
- Your HVAC system is making strange noises
Dirty filters can negatively affect your air quality. If you’re not sure how to change your air filter, don’t worry. It’s a quick and easy process that anyone can do. Just check your air filter’s size and type, and then find the right replacement at a local hardware store.
Inspect the coils for dirt or damage and clean them if necessary
Be sure to unplug the AC unit before inspecting or cleaning the coils. The coils are located on the outside of the air conditioner and they can be easily accessed by removing a panel or cover. If they’re dirty, you can clean them with a brush or vacuum cleaner. However, if they’re damaged, you may need to get them repaired or replaced. At this point it would probably be best to consult your owner’s manual or, better yet, schedule for air conditioning maintenance. You wouldn’t want to cause any further damage to the coils since it will only lead to greater expense.
Tighten any loose screws on the unit
If you have a loose screw, it’s important to tighten it. This will help keep your unit in good shape and working properly. Loose screws can cause all sorts of problems, so it’s best to make sure they’re all tight. It’s a simple process, and it only takes a few minutes to do. Tightening screws is one of the most basic repairs you can do, so it’s a good skill to have in your arsenal. You don’t want anything falling apart or breaking because of a loose screw!
Make sure the drainage pipe is free of obstruction and draining properly
The drainage pipe is usually located near the back of the AC unit. If you cannot find the drainage pipe, please consult your owner’s manual. Next, you will want to make sure that the drainage pipe is free of obstruction. Make sure to remove any leaves, sticks, or other debris from the drainage pipe. If you do not remove the obstruction, the AC unit will not be able to drain properly. Finally, you will want to check the drainage pipe for proper draining. The drainage pipe should slope downwards so that the water can flow freely. If the drainage pipe is not sloping downwards, you will need to adjust it so that it does.
Clean the outside of your AC unit with a garden hose once in a while
This is a great way to clean the outside of your AC unit, just make sure that you have a good sturdy hose and a spray nozzle with a good stream of water. Once you have removed any debris and cleaned the coils, you will want to hose down the entire unit. Just make sure that you have a good stream of water and that you are hosing down the unit from top to bottom. After you have hosed down the unit, you will want to let it dry completely before turning it back on.
DIY air conditioning maintenance is a great way to save money and stay cool during the summer. By following these simple tips, you can keep your AC running smoothly all season long. So don’t wait until the heatwave hits to start thinking about your air conditioner—get a head start on summer by doing some DIY maintenance today!