Are you taking care of your air conditioner properly? Do yourself a favour and routinely check your AC. Maintaining your unit regularly can help prevent costly repairs and replacements in the future. If you want to avoid emergency breakdowns and stay cool all summer, take time to clean some vital parts of your AC, which we listed below.
Clean or change the air filter
Replacing the air filter is one of the most important maintenance chores to keep your AC in good shape. You should be replacing the air filter every month during summer where AC use is high. During fall and spring, you should replace it once. But if you have a reusable filter, you should clean it to prevent dust and dirt from building up, which can decrease airflow. A decrease in airflow can make your system work harder than it should have to.
To clean a reusable filter, turn off the AC. Then, find where the filter is located. On large units, you can find it along the return duct’s length. On small units, pop the front face off the AC with a putty knife. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove dirt and debris, and then rinse the filter with a vinegar and water solution for a deeper clean. If you notice tears or holes on your filter, replace it with a new one.
Clean the coils
The coils in your AC plays an important role in removing the heat indoor. Over time, dirt buildup reduces the coils ability to transfer heat outside of your home. Dirty coils may lead to increased operating temperatures, increased cooling costs, and system repairs. That is why you need to keep them clean to ensure your unit will last longer.
To clean the coils, shut off the power to the AC first. Take out the AC from where it is installed, then remove the cover from the unit. Apply a foaming coil cleaner to the coils and let it soak for 5-10 minutes. Clean and unbend the coils with a fin comb. Finally, rinse the coils with water before reassembling the unit.
Clean the pump system
The centrifugal pump is basically the heart of your air conditioner. It is responsible for pumping the water created in your AC. If it is not working, it can cause the water to damage your unit, so you have to take care of it to avoid costly repairs in the future.
To clean the centrifugal pump, turn off the power and check for water in the pump’s surrounding area first. Then, remove the pump from the unit by disconnecting the PVC tubing connected to the reservoir. Rinse the reservoir with clean water, clearing all the debris and dirt. Don’t forget to remove any clogs in the pump. Once cleaned, return the pump to the AC.
Save yourself from trouble by doing a regular check on your AC. Clean the air filter, coils, and centrifugal pump if you want to enjoy your unit all summer long. This will not only prevent costly repairs and replacements, but it will also make your unit more efficient while keeping your energy bills to a minimum.