Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips You Can Do Yourself

Every year you need to prepare your home for the impending summer heat wave by cleaning up your air conditioning unit. Proper air conditioning maintenance will keep your unit operating at maximum efficiency and prolong the life of your unit by removing things that can cause your unit to break down. Here is a list of simple air conditioning maintenance tips that you can do yourself each and every year.

Clean Out Vent Covers

The vents inside your home are what distribute the cold air throughout the room. It's important to make sure that they are clear from obstruction. Every six months you should remove the vent cover and blow it out with canned air to remove the dirt that has built up on the cover. If you don't have any canned air, you can also use a vacuum cleaner to suck up the excess dirt that could potentially block the air from passing through the vent.

Change The Thermostat Batteries

The thermostat controls and regulates how much cold air must be sent out to cool the house down to the proper temperature. If the thermostat has low batteries it can give incorrect readings and send the wrong message to the air conditioner. You should change thermostat batteries at least once a year to ensure that you have full battery power and to ensure the thermostat has the necessary power to control the air conditioner.

Clean Out The Condenser Coils

Condenser coils help your air conditioner get cooler with less energy and strain on the unit itself. It is important to make sure that you remove the dirt and grime that gets stuck to the coils and could cause interference. Start by turning off the power to the unit and unscrewing the panels to the casing. Use a vacuum to suck up the dirt on the coils and wipe away any excess contaminants with a rag. Then screw the cover back into place and turn on the power.

Following the tips outlined above will help you keep your house cooled off during the summer heat wave. If you are having problems with your air conditioner or it is not achieving the correct temperature you should contact Davidson's Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning to fix any problems. The service technician will be able to fix any mechanical issues that may cause your unit to not turn on or cool the house properly.