Your air conditioner has many components that contribute to keeping your home cool and comfortable. However, it needs periodic maintenance if it’s going to continue working efficiently and reliably. Consider the different types of maintenance necessary and how often each task should be performed.

Professional Maintenance

Your AC system benefits from an annual maintenance visit from a trusted HVAC service provider. This visit includes a long list of tasks that aim to improve your system’s efficiency. It can also catch small problems before they have the opportunity to evolve into larger concerns.

During annual maintenance, a technician will perform a deep cleaning of your equipment, including its evaporator coil and circulating fan. They’ll test the refrigerant level and wiring components. Also checked is the mounting hardware.

Filter Maintenance

Your filter requires more frequent maintenance. This is a critical part of maintaining your system’s performance. Central air conditioners use a single air handling unit that is attached to your furnace. Most filters are one to two inches thick and require replacing every 30 to 90 days. The frequency depends on the exact filter you choose and how often you’re running your HVAC system.

Household Maintenance

There are some maintenance tasks around your house that will affect how well your system runs. Keep an eye on your vents to make sure you keep the dampers open. Clear away anything blocking the air from freely flowing out. Plan to do this every week as part of your household cleaning schedule. If you close off too many vents, this can actually cause your HVAC system to work harder in order to push conditioned air throughout your home. This leads to more wear and tear over time.

Keep an eye on your exterior AC unit weekly. You’ll want to make sure it is clear of debris. Gently wash pollen and dirt off the exterior of the unit every two to three months, shutting the unit off before attempting to do so. Keep weeds and grass trimmed back so that doesn’t block air from flowing into the system.

Daflure has provided heating and cooling services to people around the New Cumberland area since 1979. Our team provides heating and AC maintenance, installation and repair combined with indoor air quality and solar services. Call to schedule your annual AC maintenance with one of our experienced technicians today.

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