The best way to put off major repairs is to put a maintenance program in place.
Here are a few of the things you can check in on and maintain on your own:
Air Conditioner Filters
The filter of the air condition needs to be cleaned or replaced on a regular basis.
When a filter becomes dirty or clogged, it blocks the airflow from the system. It dramatically impacts the efficiency of the air conditioner because the whole system must work harder to expel the air. You may even notice the system lagging and turn on a higher setting, which only wastes efficiency and energy.
The Department of Energy says that a clean filter alone can lower your machines energy consumption by up to 15%.
Replace or clean your filter at least once every two months during the hotter months. If your house is dusty or you have pets, it’s better to replace it once a month.
Air Conditioner Coils
You can protect your air conditioner coils by installing clean filters on a regular basis and by minimizing the amount of dirt or debris around the condenser unit if it’s sitting outside. Be sure to sweep the area regularly.
Your evaporator coil should also be cleaned once a year. This is a task you can complete yourself, but it can also be done as part of a maintenance package available from a local ac repair service.
The coils on your air conditioner have aluminum fins that are easily bent. If they’re bent, they might block the airflow through the coil.
These fins need to move back to their original position. If you’re familiar with your unit, you can do this with a tool known as a “fin comb.” If not, an ac repair technician can diagnose the problem and bend them back without a problem.
The condensate drains become clogged over time if they aren’t regularly maintained. When the drains become clogged, the air conditioning unit can’t reduce the level of humidity in our home. The result can cause discolored walls and floors because of the excess moisture and condensation.