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Tips You Can Do At Home to Keep Your Air Conditioning in Tip Top Condition

May 23rd 2015 at 2:52 PM

There are some parts of your air conditioning unit which must be left to the professionals tinkering around without the right knowledge, skills and tools could end up costing you more than you'd bargained for. That doesn't mean that there aren't a few things which a homeowner cannot do to help to keep their air conditioning system running in tip top condition.

 

Before the temperatures start to raise it is really important that you get a professional tune-up for your unit which will ensure that it works effectively and efficiently when it is needed the most. This is the biggest step towards having an AC unit which runs properly. Keeping parts of the unit clean and free from debris however are something which every homeowner ought to be able to manage and do on a regular basis throughout the summer.

 

The air filter should be either cleaned or replaced monthly, and that means every month. The best filters are electrostatic. Be careful not to run the AC unit after you have removed the filter for cleaning or replacement. If you are not sure about how to remove and clean the filters check out the manufacturer's' manual. If you choose to wash your filters make sure that they are properly dried before you replace them in the air con unit.

It's also important to make sure that the outdoor condenser units are kept free from leaves and other debris, pay particular attention to this if you have a lot of falling leaves in your garden which can cause a blockage and hamper the efficient running of the system.

 

You can also assist the outdoor condenser fan to run more efficiently if you clean the fan blades and the coils before the season starts. Be sure that you switch off the power before you attempt anything other than superficial cleaning of the system.

 

Switch off the power

  • Remove the fan grill and then the fan blades
  • Gently remove the debris from the blades using a soft brush
  • Uncover condenser coils and brush any dirt aside gently
  • Host the water from inside the air con unit protecting the motor and other electrical

 

components with plastic bags

  • Remove any debris which may have accumulated in the base pan
  • If you notice that one of the blades is bent don't be tempted to try to straighten it - you could unbalance the blade which could loosen the motor of the fan or perhaps strike the condenser coil.  All bent blades must be replaced with new ones.
  • Make sure that you cut back all vegetation to at least two feet from above and each side of all outdoor units.
  • Provide shade for your outdoor compressor unit if at all possible. This will help it to run more efficiently.
  • Don't try to do more to your air conditioning unit that you feel comfortable with. If you are at all unsure remember to leave all maintenance and repairs to the professionals.

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