Your air conditioner gives the home a comfortable feeling on the hottest days of the year. In many regions, it might be used almost every month because of changing temperatures. This hardworking appliance needs to have some maintenance throughout the year, which includes both owner and professional maintenance chores.
Consider some of the simplest things that can be done to your air conditioner to prolong its lifespan.
Vacuum the Interior Unit
Air conditioning units work their best when every component is as clean as possible. Take a close look at the interior unit that's normally housed in a closet, attic or garage. It might be covered in dust from years of operation. You can take a vacuum accessory and carefully run it across the visible parts, such as the coils. Removing dust keeps the system cooler and running at peak efficiency.
Comb the Fins
Your outdoor unit has fins that line its exterior. Because the outdoor unit is subjected to nature's elements, these fins might bend and warp over time. By using a specialized comb, you or a professional can straighten the fins. This maintenance item allows the heat transfer to occur without any efficiency issues.
Check the Air Filter
The system's air filter will become clogged if it's neglected over several months. Pull the filter out and replace it. You may want to consider a reusable model that can be rinsed too. The filter stops particles from entering your air conditioning and spreading out to the other rooms. Clean air and proper operation are the result of a clean air filter.
If your air conditioner is making unusual noises when you activate it, turn off the system. Fans, blowers and other components might be malfunctioning. Contact a professional so further damages don't occur.
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