Taking care of your air conditioner can be as easy as breathing if you know how to do it. Basic air conditioner maintenance can save you thousands of dollars down the line and several costly phone calls to your local HVAC company. In this blog post, we will outline some things that you can do to prolong the life of your air conditioner. If you take proper care of your air conditioner, it will last longer and perform better. We hope this blog post will help you to better take care of your air conditioner and save you money in the future.
Why Take Care of It?
You might be asking yourself “why should I take care of my air conditioner?” We recommend you take care of your air conditioner for several reasons including the ones mentioned in the paragraph below. Some other reasons why you should take care of your air conditioner is because it will not run properly unless you do so. Minor issues when left unchecked on an air conditioner can build up to become bigger, costly issues. Your air conditioner’s health depends on proper care and while an air conditioner can last up to twenty years, it won’t unless you take care of it. Your air conditioner’s care should not be left up entirely to an HVAC technician. There are several things you can do yourself that can keep your air conditioner healthy and working to its best ability. In the paragraph below, we will be highlighting some tips and tricks to keep your air conditioner healthy.
Tips and Tricks
- Replace Your Filter
One of the biggest tips we can give you is to replace the filter of your air conditioner. We recommend you change your filter once a month unless it is a 6-inch pleated filter then you should change your filter every six months. You should also make sure that you have the proper replacement filter before attempting to change the filter in your air conditioner. An important thing to note is the size of the filter.
To change your filter, first, turn your air conditioner off. Then, locate on your internal air conditioner unit where it says “filter.” It will be a panel and your air conditioner should say it clearly. There should be two screws on both ends of the panel that can be loosened. After loosening the panel, gently pull your old filter out. Before inserting your new filter, look for an arrow that should be located on it that says “airflow.” For proper airflow, you want that arrow pointing up so your air conditioner will work right. It may take a few tries to get the filter in. Once you are done inserting the filter, carefully slide the panel back into place and tighten the screws up. Now, you are all done!
- Clear Debris Around Your Outside Unit
Another easy thing you can do to keep your air conditioner working properly is to clean the debris around it. You should clear away branches and leaves that are around your outside unit. If you also have any bushes or shrubs planted near your outside unit, you should trim them. A good rule of thumb is to keep any debris away from your air conditioner by three feet. This will help your air conditioner to be able to circulate air coming in and out of it to its best ability.
- Clean the Fins
The outside of your air conditioner has fins that are used to help improve the airflow of your unit. If these fins are blocked, that reduces the airflow of your unit and can lead to your air conditioner not working optimally. You can use a gardening hose to carefully clear off the fins of your air conditioner. You can also use a brush specifically made for cleaning the fins if you want to get a deeper cleaning. The fins on your air conditioner are delicate so we recommend you be careful when cleaning them.
There are several other things you can do yourself to take care of your air conditioner, but these are some of the basic ones. We do recommend that you have an HVAC technician check your unit once a year to make sure it’s working properly. HVAC technicians have equipment that can help your air conditioner run to its best ability that the average person doesn’t. While it may seem costly at the moment, an HVAC checkup can help detect problems early on. If an issue is treated early on, it will cost less than if it had been if left unchecked.
What to Do When Things Go Wrong
Sometimes even with the best care, an air conditioner can stop working. While maintenance can stop a multitude of problems, there is always room for error when it comes to machines. Air conditioners are no different in that regard. When that happens, don’t blame yourself. The first thing you do is call an HVAC technician and talk about the issue at hand. Don’t leave any details out when you do.
Some things you might want to include when calling an HVAC technician are:
- Tell the HVAC technician if your air conditioner is making a weird noise and describe it. For example, maybe your air conditioner sounds like it’s rattling or something is banging around in it.
- Has your air conditioner stopped working completely? If so, when did it stop working?
- Is there a weird smell coming from your air conditioner? Sadly, we also recommend you describe it.
These are a few things an HVAC technician will appreciate hearing when you call them. The more details you can give them, the better they will be able to get a grasp of the situation. An HVAC technician will come out to check on your air conditioner unit. The best thing you can do when something goes wrong with your air conditioner is to call an HVAC technician. Don’t let it get worse and wait until the only thing that can be done is replacing the air conditioner.
We hope this helped you to learn how to take care of your air conditioner and what to do when things go wrong. It can be difficult to know what to do when it comes to your air conditioner. Basic maintenance of your air conditioner will help you to save money and will save you a headache or two. If you have any questions about your air conditioner or anything HVAC related, leave it in the comments below! If you need to have your air conditioner looked at and you live in Jefferson County and the surrounding areas, our number is 636-475-9384. Thanks for reading and we will see you next month with a new blog post!