Simple Maintenance That Could Prevent An Air Conditioner Breakdown In The Summer

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If your air conditioner breaks down on a hot summer day, you quickly realize how important it is to do preventative maintenance to keep it in good shape. Being without air conditioning is not only inconvenient, but it can also be a health hazard for someone in your family with respiratory problems or an elderly family member. Fortunately, it's easy to keep your air conditioner in good shape. Here are some maintenance steps that are needed.

Have The Air Conditioner Serviced And Cleaned

It's a good practice to have your air conditioner inspected and serviced before summer starts. This gets it in good working order and identifies parts that need to be repaired. Let an HVAC technician clean the unit, lubricate parts that need it, and service the electrical system, motors, fans, coils, and refrigerant. Dust and debris accumulate in your HVAC, and it's important to clean it all out so that your system operates efficiently and doesn't overheat. Both the condenser outside and the air handler indoors are serviced, so they're ready for a season of keeping you cool.

Perform Monthly Maintenance

In addition to service annually from a technician, you'll want to service the HVAC at least monthly to help prevent problems. The most important thing you can do is change the filter. A clogged filter does a lot of damage to your air conditioner because your HVAC needs ample airflow in order to work properly. When dust builds up on the filter, the air conditioner has to struggle to work, and that wears out the parts. In addition, keep an eye out for other obstructions such as curtains or furniture that block the system, dusty vents, and problems with the condenser outside.

Weeds, plants, or tree branches can be a problem in the summer when they grow fast. Keep them trimmed away from the air conditioner so that they don't block airflow. You'll also want to check the condenser cage outside for bent fins. The fins are the thin metal strips on the side that allow air to flow in. When they get smashed or bent over, they block airflow. You can usually straighten these out yourself with a fine-tooth comb that you can buy at a home improvement store.

In addition, you should always be alert to changes in the performance of your air conditioner. If it stops blowing as much air as usual or if the air isn't as cool, you may want to call for an inspection before something breaks down. Unusual noises and odors are other signs that your air conditioner could have a malfunctioning part that needs to be replaced before damage is done to your HVAC.

For more information, contact a company like Nathan's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

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