Spring has sprung so there is no better time for spring cleaning. For many, spring is the time to open the doors and windows and go without using their aircon systems. However, it doesn’t mean neglecting your AC system and while it’s an ideal time for decluttering and removing the dirt and dust in your home it’s also the ideal time to perform some maintenance on your HVAC system.
This is our number one tip for homeowners with AC units. This is an easy DIY task and can have a massive impact on the health of your unit. A clean air filter reduces energy usage in your home. Not only is this maintenance tip good for the health of your aircon system but it is also very beneficial for the health of your family. It will also improve the air quality of your home by trapping airborne particles like allergens and dust.
If you have a disposable filter, replace it monthly and if you have a washable filter, it’s important that it gets washed monthly.
Air conditioners have a drainage hole located at their cabinet’s base, beneath the evaporator fins. Those holes need to be clean in order for your air conditioner to work properly. The holes are small and difficult to clean but using a paperclip or earbud can work wonderfully.
The air conditioner’s evaporator coil and condenser coil collect dirt over time. The dirt will reduce airflow and insulate the coil, reducing its ability to absorb heat. Outdoor condenser coils can also become very dirty if the outdoor environment is dusty. To avoid this problem minimize the dirt around your condenser unit, remove any debris allowing for adequate airflow.
Scheduling a professional maintenance session with a trained AC unit technician is the best way to prevent any sort of problems that can arise. During this inspection, they will identify any issues that need attention like refrigerant leaks or other problems that can cause your unit to fail.