What maintenance can I perform myself on my air conditioner?

 

The HVAC unit in your home is a vital piece of equipment that you depend upon throughout the year to stay warm or cool. Without proper AC maintenance, your HVAC system can encounter problems. Here are some steps you can take as a homeowner to ensure your AC unit functions properly.

 

Outdoor AC Maintenance

Start the self-maintenance process by cleaning your outdoor condensing unit. Vegetation overgrowth takes off when Spring comes around. During the Winter months, wind can blow debris into and on the unit.

Clear all vegetation and debris away from the condensing unit to prepare for a thorough cleaning. You may find that the fins on the condensing unit are clogged with dirt and dust.

Clear the debris by spraying with a gentle stream from your hose into the fins. Do not use high pressure as this can damage the fins. 

 

Indoor AC Maintenance

Keeping the indoor air handling unit in working condition is also vital to the efficiency of your HVAC system. The primary intake of air occurs here as it travels through the air blower and past the evaporator coils. That means that many different kinds of air particulates make their way through the system every day.

 

       Thermostat Check – Blower Fan

Regularly check the thermostat for proper function. If the unit uses batteries, replace them on a consistent basis.
 

       Condensate Drain or Pump

Make sure that there is not a buildup of water on the floor as the condensate drain or pump might be clogged. If you have a pump and it's not working, your furance won't work neither due to the safety switch so you don't flood your basement.  

 

       Air Filter

Your system air filter is by far one of the most critical elements of your HVAC system and the easiest to keep maintained. But you may be surprised by how many people will neglect this easy AC maintenance step.

Replace the air filter on a monthly basis and never let it go more than three months. A restricted air flow will create unnecessary strain in your HVAC system.