DIY A/C Maintenance-Air Conditioning Service You Can Do
"Maximize the efficiency of your Air Conditioner and beat the heat this summer with these simple maintenance tips. It's best to perform these tasks in the spring when the weather is mild, giving you time to address any issues before the busy season (June-August) and ensure a cool and comfortable home all summer long."
Prepare Your Air Conditioning System for Summer with These DIY Maintenance Tasks: Before you turn on your air conditioner for the season, take some time to do these easy maintenance tasks to ensure optimal performance.
Change Your Air Filter: A clean air filter helps to improve air flow and prevent dirt and debris from entering your system.
Replace Thermostat Batteries: This simple step ensures that your thermostat is working correctly and providing accurate readings.
Clean the Condenser Coil (Click To Youtube link): Turn off the unit and spray off the condenser coil with water. The A/C is designed to operate in the rain, so there is no need to worry about getting the motors wet.
Check the Unit's Operation: Once you've turned on the air conditioner, go to the outside unit and check for the compressor motor and the condenser fan motor spinning. Some thermostats have a built-in time delay of up to 5 minutes.
Monitor the Refrigerant Lines: After the unit has been running for approximately 5 minutes, feel the thicker of the two refrigerant lines leaving the condensing unit to see if it is cold (feel the metal copper pipe, not the insulated part). If it's not cold after 5 minutes, it may be low on refrigerant, and if it's freezing, there may be an air flow restriction.
If you have a thermometer you can check the temperature of the air going into the air filter vs out of a register and there should be a 16-22 degree temperature drop.
Additionally, locate the PVC pipe where the condensation water drains and clean it out with a wet/dry shop-vac to prevent clogging.
By completing these simple steps, you can ensure that your air conditioning system is ready for summer
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