Air Conditioner Maintenance: Simple Tasks a Homeowner Can Handle

Performing regular air conditioner maintenance will improve energy efficiency and extend the life of your system. It’s easy to take your HVAC system for granted until it breaks down, but this approach will result in larger repair bills as well as higher electricity bills. Add these simple tasks to your regular home checklist to keep your air conditioner in top condition.

Changing the Air Filter

Check the air filter on your air conditioner once a month. If it’s dusty, you need to change it. At a minimum, you should change the filter once every month. With a clean filter, your system doesn’t have to work as hard to pull air through. A fresh filter can improve energy efficiency up to 15 percent.

Clean Up Around the Condenser

Head outside and check the area around your condenser unit. Rake away leaves, dirt and other debris. When you’re landscaping in the spring, make sure you don’t plant bushes too close to the unit so it has plenty of room to breathe. Trim grass and pull weeds around the unit often. Keep the area clear for two to three feet in every direction.

Rinse the Exterior of the Condenser

Disconnect power at the condenser unit before performing this air conditioner maintenance task. Take a garden hose and gently rinse the exterior of the unit. This will remove dirt and grime that can build up and decrease efficiency.

Clear the Area in Front of Supply Grills

Go through your home and find all supply grills where air from your A/C comes in. Make sure you don’t have furniture or rugs in front of these grills. You should also make sure you don’t inadvertently create any dumping areas near your grills where you habitually drop shoes, laundry, toys or other items.

In addition to performing these basic tasks, you should also schedule twice-yearly maintenance appointments with a professional.

To learn more about air conditioner maintenance, contact us at Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning. We proudly service the Fort Collins area for over 15 years.

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