Well, summer is officially over, and the weather in the majority of the country seems to agree, which is not always the case. That means that most of us are going to stop using our air conditioning units and even remember that the furnace season is just around the corner. However, experts at Hughes Air Conditioning & Heating Repair remind you not to just turn off your AC and forget about it until the next summer. Instead, follow these simple maintenance rules in order to keep your AC fully functional and to make your spring maintenance that much easier and potentially less expensive.
Replace or Clean Your Air Filter
If you are not changing or cleaning your air filter each month (as most manufacturers’ maintenance manuals suggest), you are already doing your AC a disservice. If the airways are obstructed, the compressor will have to work much harder in order to achieve the same level of cooling, which only shortens the lifespan of your device. However, even when you are planning to turn off your AC for the season, you should make sure that you put in a fresh air filter. Leaving an old, dirty air filter in your ducts for half a year sounds like a bad idea because it is; the germs and the fine dust particles of dust in the air filter can be detrimental to your health in the long run.
Clear Any Obstacles around the Outdoor Unit
Your outdoor unit needs a lot of free space all around it because it needs to exchange heat effectively. If you let it be blocked from any direction, it will have to work harder, just like with the air filters, and you don’t want that. So, make sure that nothing is obstructing it during the operation but even when you are planning to turn it off for the season, make sure that nothing can obstruct it in the meantime. Mostly, it is plants growing too close to it, but it can be various debris as well.
Have a Professional Check It Out
Even if you didn’t need an ac unit repair this season due to good maintenance, you should still have your AC vetted by a professional. AC technicians are very knowledgeable about ACs and their normal operation, so they might be able to spot some problems you weren’t aware of. These problems might escalate if you leave them unsolved for half a year, and you might even forget about them and start using your AC without taking care of them.
Clean Everything Thoroughly
Just like with everything you are putting away for a time, it is always better to clean your AC now. Not only will it be much easier and quicker to set it up once again when you need it next year, but also you can prevent a lot of problems by doing so. First and foremost, any kind of debris left on the outside unit, particularly on the coils, can reduce their effectiveness for the next year. If you don’t clean them now, they can become really hard to remove next year. The drains are also a potential source of trouble, since water can build up in them and create a blockage of limescale once it evaporates. Clean the drains with hot water and air compressor in a matter of several minutes.
If you follow these simple rules, you can ensure that your AC will be primed and ready for use much faster and cheaper next year. It only takes a little time and effort, and it can potentially save you a lot of money and definitely a lot of hassle in the spring next year.