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Mechanic repairing air conditioner

If you’ve lived in the St. George area for a while, you know how hot the summers can be. A non-functional or poorly functioning air conditioner can make life very uncomfortable for Washington County residents. To make sure your air conditioner runs efficiently all summer long, you should take the time to maintain it properly. Though the big maintenance tasks require the assistance of an AC repair expert, there are a few ways you can maintain your AC system yourself.

Changing the Filter

Air conditioner filters are designed to keep the internal components free of debris and maintain good indoor air quality. If it’s been a while since you’ve replaced the filter or filters on your air conditioner, you should do so before the cooling season begins in earnest. A clean filter can reduce your system’s energy consumption by as much as 15%. When purchasing a new air filter for your air conditioner, be sure to get the correct size. You should also decide whether you want a disposable or reusable filter, and make sure it’s compatible with your system.

Cleaning the Coils

The evaporator and condenser coils are essential for the proper function of your air conditioner. Though your air filter will help prevent your indoor evaporator coil from collecting dirt, the coil will accumulate some debris over time. Occasionally, you may need to clean the evaporator coil-especially if it’s been a while since you changed your filter. You should also make sure the outdoor condenser coil is free of leaves, twigs, and other kinds of organic debris.

Checking Refrigerant

Refrigerant is one of the most important aspects of your air conditioning system and is essential for cooling your indoor spaces. If your refrigerant level is low, or if there’s a leak, your comfort and safety could be at risk. Since refrigerant can be dangerous, you’re best off having a professional adjust your refrigerant level, recharge your lines, and repair potential leaks. The St. George AC repair team at Triple “T” Heating & Cooling can provide comprehensive maintenance services and effective repair services.