Air conditioning is a necessity in many parts of the world. It’s also an obligation in many others, as ACs are expensive to run and require special maintenance to keep them running smoothly. If you own an air conditioner, you know what that means—after a while they get dirty and work harder than they should. You might not be able to tell exactly what’s going on inside your machine, but you can fix it. Here we’ll show you how to keep your AC running smoothly for years to come.
Check the Basics First
Before we dive into the nitty-gritty details of what might seem like a daunting task, here are a few quick tips that can help get you started. Get your air conditioner checked out. You can get a professional air conditioning service provider to run a diagnostic check to see if there’s a problem inside the unit. A quick check can save you a lot of money down the road.
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- Keep humidity low. High humidity inside your air conditioner can wreak havoc on the unit’s seals, cooling coils, and fans. This can lead to leaks, reduced cooling efficiency, and even damage to the unit. While you want a little humidity inside to prevent condensation from forming on the coils and pipes, you want to keep it below 50%. It’s especially important to keep humidity down during the summer months when you have your AC running all day. If you live in a humid climate, this is something you should be checking and adjusting regularly.
- Turn your unit off when it’s not in use. This will prevent it from working hard and prematurely needing a tune-up. If you have a window unit, make sure it’s completely off before you leave the house. You can also unplug it when you aren’t using it inside an insulated room. It’s easy to forget that an AC is running outside too. It doesn’t make as much noise, but it can still cause damage if it’s left on when you’re not out there. If you can, walk outside and turn off your air conditioner before you leave for work or school for the day.
Change Your Air Filter Regularly
If your air filter gets replaced more often than every six months, do it. It’s one of the most important steps you can take to ensure your unit keeps cooling well. And if you do it right, you’ll be able to change the filter just as often as you change your socks. According to an expert in air conditioning service, you’ll need to change the filter every six months in the spring and fall because these are the months with the highest concentrations of pollen and other allergens. Changing your filter in the spring will help with allergies and allergies of the autumn will be less severe since you’ve already gotten rid of some of the pollen in the air.
Keep Your Ducts Clean
Ducts are actually incredibly important. If you clean them out every so often, they actually stay cleaner longer and don’t clog as often. Some of the dust and dirt in your ducts will make its way into your AC. If you let your ducts go, they’ll clog and lead to poor cooling and reduced efficiency. There are a few ways you can clean your ducts and make sure your AC stays running well. You can use a Shop Vac, a Dyson Compact Airflow, a Blower Fan, or an Air Duct Cleaning Machine. You can also try pulling the air filters out and blowing through them. If you use a vacuum, be sure to put a bucket underneath the cleaner. You don’t want to dump dust directly into the unit. You can also put a fan on the bucket and blow through the filters. If you do this, be sure to put a bucket underneath the cleaner so you don’t dump dust into the coil.
You can also try blowing through the filters. This is a great way to check if they’re getting clogged. If they are, you can try blowing them out with a duster or by turning on a vacuum.