It’s not until your air conditioning system goes out in the middle of summer that you realize just how big a part it plays in keeping your home environment comfortable. The replacement costs for an AC unit can run into the thousands, which is why it’s so important to make sure that the entire system is regularly maintained. Experts recommend that you have a Spring Hill air conditioning company come and service your system at least twice per year, but there are also some things that you can do on your own to keep your AC system running smoothly.
The easiest of those tasks is making sure that your filters are clean, especially since a clogged, dirty filter can drastically reduce the efficiency of your entire system. Dirt, dust, and debris that bypass a clogged filter can easily make its way into the evaporator coil, and that is where some real problems can take root. You should look at replacing your filter every month or two, especially during the summer months when the system has to work it’s hardest. Filters are easy to replace, not to mention inexpensive, and could potentially save you from shelling out a lot of money later on.
As mentioned earlier, a clogged filter can often lead to the AC systems coils becoming dirty. It’s worth noting though that the evaporator coil will still get dirty over time even if you keep the filter clean. This can lead to reduced air flow and in order to prevent this happening, you should look at cleaning the coil annually. The dirt issue is especially problematic if you have an outdoor unit. The dirt on those units is much easier to see and can be greatly reduced by making sure that you keep the surrounding area free from leaves and other foliage. It is recommended that you allow a 2 foot ‘breathing space’ for your outdoor AC unit.
There are another couple of do it yourself AC maintenance tasks that you can look at, starting with the fins. The aluminum fins on the coils can very easily become bent, blocking air flow in the process. A readily available tool known as a fin comb can be used to ‘com’ the fins back into their regular position. You should also regularly inspect the drain channels to be sure that they haven’t become clogged. Simply passing a stiff wire along the drain channels should do the job, preventing excess moisture that can damage your carpet or walls.
Following these few simple maintenance tips will help prolong the life of your system and could potentially save you thousands of dollars over the life of your unit. While most of the tasks are simple, you should look at using the services of an air conditioning Spring Hill company if you don’t feel comfortable performing them. They should also be used to perform maintenance on your system that should only ever be performed by a professional.