DIY Air Conditioner Maintenance: 8 Helpful Tips

 

As summer approaches, it’s time to think about air conditioner maintenance. Do you know how to maintain your air conditioner? Did you even know you were supposed to? Well, fortunately, air conditioner maintenance is super easy and in this video, we’ll give you 8 air conditioner maintenance tips you can easily do yourself to help your AC run as smoothly as possible all season long.

Just like rotating the tires and changing the oil in your car, air conditioner maintenance will help prolong the life of your air conditioner, help it run more efficiently, and cool your home more effectively. Now, when it comes to your air conditioner, the most important thing is air flow. That’s why three of our air conditioner maintenance tips are related to air flow. 
 
To get started, we’ve broken your system into three major parts: the outdoor unit, the indoor unit, and the thermostat. 
 
Tools you’ll need to perform air conditioner maintenance:
  • garden hose
  • new filter
  • level
  • thermometer

OUTDOOR UNIT

Your system pulls air in through the coils and blows it out the top. If your coils are blocked, it can significantly decrease the efficiency of your unit. So, there are a couple of things you can do.

First thing you should do is cut power to the AC unit. The preferred method is to flip off the breaker. If you don’t have a breaker, pull the disconnect.

  1. Clear Debris Around Unit - Keep leaves, debris, and grass clippings at least 2ft. away from the unit. If you have bushes or shrubs, you want to trim those back too.
  2. Rinse Condenser Coils - Take your garden hose and rinse off the coils. Reach what you can with the garden hose and spray from the inside out. Let the water flow down the coils for a while until it looks like you have gotten all the dirt off. Then spray off the debris you see on the outside. The fins on the unit are very fragile; be careful that you don’t bend them.
  3. Visual Inspection
    - See if AC unit looks level. If it’s too far off center, you might want to have a professional level it up.
    - Check the electrical connections. Make sure there are no exposed wires.
    - Check the installation around the line set to make sure that it’s still good.
    - Reconnect the power
INDOOR UNIT

Your system pulls air in through the coils and blows it out the top. If your coils are blocked, it can significantly decrease the efficiency of your unit. So, there are a couple of things you can do.

First thing you should do is cut power to the AC unit. The preferred method is to flip off the breaker. If you don’t have a breaker, pull the disconnect.

  1. Cut Power - Cut power - start by cutting power to the air conditioner.
  2. Check Filter - make sure you can still see light through it. If you can’t, it’s time to replace the filter. When replacing the filter, be sure to pay attention to the direction that the air is flowing. Make sure that the arrow on the filter lines up with the direction the air flows through your unit. Replace filters as often as needed. This can be different for each home, so make sure to check it at least once a month.
  3. Humidifier (if you have one)
    - Turn off the humidifier for the summer. Pour some water down the drain line to make sure that it’s not clogged. Some people add a little bleach to the water to clean the line.
THERMOSTAT
  1. Verify Room Temperature - All you need to do to make sure it’s working properly is to verify that the temperature on the thermostat display matches the temperature in the room. Just get a visual read thermometer and make sure they match. As long as you’re within 3 degrees, you’ll be fine.

 

These air conditioner maintenance tips are things you can do on your own but manufacturers recommend that you take it one step further. In the owner’s manual, it actually says that you should have your system inspected regularly by a properly trained technician. So, as part of your air conditioner’s maintenance, once a year, you should have a certified HVAC technician tune-up and inspect your unit.

They’ll have the specialty tools and gauges to check voltages, the capacitor, refrigerant levels, those hard-to-reach components, and more. They should review their findings with you and answer any questions that you have.
 
In your local market, you should be able to find a certified HVAC contractor to come to your home and perform this annual service. If you’re in the Utah market, give Any Hour Services a call. They’ll send a certified HVAC technician to your home to perform a 23-point air conditioner tune-up.

 


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Apr 21st 2021

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