Maintenance Tips for Your Air Conditioner

Maintenance Tips for Your Air Conditioner

Replace the Filters
Your air conditioning system is comprised of numerous filters that help keep dirt, pollen, and other particulates from circulating through the actual cooling system. When these filters become dirty and clogged, the air conditioner is forced to work harder to draw air through the system, which places additional strain on the AC unit and shortens its life expectancy. Check each filter every month and clean or replace as necessary. At the minimum, replace each filter every three months.

Clean the Evaporator
If your air conditioner’s evaporator is accessible, try to clean it at least once per year. To clean the evaporator, you will need to remove the foil-wrapped insulation at the front of plenum, typically located directly above the furnace. Use a stiff brush to clean the underside of the evaporator unit, and clean the tray below the evaporator as well. If you cannot reach the evaporator, hire an AC service and repair company in St. George to clean it for you.

Clean the Condenser
In most home air conditioning systems, the condenser unit is located outside, somewhere along the side of your house. Because it is outside, the condenser unit is prone to accumulating dirt and debris from trees, lawn mowing, and airborne dust. Clean the condenser fins with a soft brush to remove dirt, and be sure to keep the area around the housing clear of grass, weeds, and vines that cold obstruct the airflow.

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