As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to begin thinking about pre-season maintenance for your air conditioning unit to ensure it is performing optimally. Follow this simple checklist each spring and fall to keep your unit running at peak performance.
Inspect, clean or replace your filter every two months. This is one of the easiest and most important maintenance tasks to keep your unit running properly. Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and greatly reduce a system’s efficiency. When normal airflow is obstructed, air that bypasses the filter can carry dirt, dust and debris directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coil’s heat absorbing capacity. Cleaning or replacing your air filters regularly can lower your home energy consumption by 5 – 15%, on average.
√ Air Conditioning Coils
An air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils, like filters, collect dirt over time and need regular maintenance. Dirt build-up on your unit’s evaporator coils can prevent regular airflow over the coils, reducing the ability to absorb heat and properly cool your home. To avoid this problem, check your evaporator coil and clean any dust or dirt buildup as necessary.
Outdoor condenser coils can also become dirty from debris and plant growth that accumulate over time. It is easy to see if the condenser coils need cleaning and SimpleAir® EZ GreenTM HVAC Coil Cleaner allows you to quickly remove build-up for optimal performance during the peak cooling season.
√ Coil Fins
The exterior of your condenser is covered in aluminum fins, which are easily bent and can block airflow to the coil. Any bent or damaged fins should be repaired using a fin comb while you are inspecting and cleaning the condenser coils.
√ Condensate Drain Lines
An air conditioner’s condensate drain lines can become clogged due to build-up in the lines over time. These drain lines should be checked for blockages to prevent condensate overflow and subsequent water damage.