Summer will be here soon, and with it, the long cooling season in our Gulf Coast region. Ensure your air conditioner is in tiptop shape to keep you cool and comfortable by following these simple tips for air conditioner maintenance.
Changing the air filter is the no. 1 thing you can do to keep the air conditioner running right. Dirty filters slow down the air flow, making it harder for the A/C to cool. Not changing the air filter also strains the parts and can lead to a breakdown. If you don’t know where the air filter is, ask your HVAC technician to show you, and to show you how to change it. Always make sure the filter is the right size and shape to fit your A/C. Change good quality, pleated air filters every three months, and cheaper, fiberglass filters every month or when they are dirty.
2. Keep obstructions away from the condenser.
Obstructions such as shrubs or debris around the outdoor condenser unit may impact the airflow or circulation. Keep shrubs trimmed and remove leaves, patio furniture or anything that might block airflow.
3. Keep vents and register free of obstructions.
Keep furniture, drapes, carpet and other home furnishings clear of vents and registers to maintain more even temperatures throughout the home. Clean registers and vents regularly so they are dust-free.
4. Check ductwork for holes and disconnected segments.
Holes and loose segments in the ducts will let out your conditioned air, resulting in higher utility bills as your A/C struggles to cool your home. Unsealed ductwork also allows unconditioned air into the home, which could compromise indoor air quality by raising humidity and introducing airborne pollutants. .
A licensed technician should check your A/C annually. Among the things that should be inspected: refrigerant level; evaporator and condenser coils for cleanliness; electrical connections; and sensors, thermostat, and controls for proper operation.
For more about air conditioner maintenance, contact Bradbury Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning of The Woodlands. We also serve Montgomery, Tomball, Magnolia and surrounding areas.