Summer is a busy time of year. As the summer season winds down, HVAC maintenance is probably the last thing on your mind. However, for homeowners performing some simple summer air conditioning maintenance tasks can save a lot of money and hassle later in the year. In order to keep your system running as it should and to avoid costly and unexpected breakdowns, perform these simple steps before autumn is in full swing:
Change or Clean Air Filters
If you have an older a/c unit or HVAC system, you will need to gently remove and wash your reusable air filter. If you have a newer system, the disposable filter needs changed at least every three months. These filters help sustain your indoor air quality by reducing allergens, pollutants, dust, animal hair, and danger in the air. If the filters are not changed and cleaned as they should be, your system will not be as energy efficient as it was designed.
Coils and Fins
Dirt loves to hide within the coils and fins of your evaporator. This can slow your cooling process in the a/c unit and cause the consumption of more energy. It can also increase drag on your system and cause it not last as long.
The condensate pan and drain were created to collect moisture that is created in the cooling process of the air handler and to transport it outdoors. If the pan and drain have water in them, it should be removed. This is especially true if the drain and pan are located in a non-insulated area of the home, as this can cause the water present freeze.
Check the Condenser
Finally, be sure to check on your condenser. Be sure the area around it is clear of any overgrowth of bushes or anything else that could impede the airflow and cause a problem for your a/c unit or HVAC system as a whole. You should also gently wash any dirt away from the coils and fins with a hose.
If you prefer to leave the a/c maintenance to the pros, call your local HVAC contractor today to get your system ready for the next season. Completing these tasks will help extend the life of your system and save you money in the long run.