3 Summer Maintenance Steps For Your Central Air Conditioner

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If you live in an area of the country where air conditioning is a requirement to make it through the sweltering temperatures of summer, you know how important it is to keep this appliance in good working order. You should schedule a maintenance appointment at the start of each cooling season to make sure it's ready to go. But air conditioners work hard and should be maintained throughout the summer as well. Here's what you need to know to make sure your air conditioner keeps you cool all summer long.

Replace Filters Regularly

The heating, ventilation, and air conditioner professionals put a new filter in when you had it serviced in spring, but that doesn't mean it is good for the whole summer. When the filter becomes dirty, it becomes clogged. This means the air conditioner must work harder to cool the air, which is now blocked. This will cause more wear and tear on your air conditioner's condenser coils.

If you live in an area with a lot of dust, such as Oklahoma, or have a lot of pets, change your filter at least once a month. In regions that deal with annual wildfires, you may need to change the filter even more often because of the soot. People who have allergies or suffer from asthma will also want to change their filters monthly. Cooler areas that don't run the air conditioning nonstop may only need to change the filter once every two months.

Inspect The Air Conditioner Coils

Get into the habit of checking your central air conditioning coils every time you mow the lawn. Just as the filters become dirty, so do the coils over time. Dirty coils cannot absorb as much heat. In addition to poor air quality causing dirt to accumulate, certain types of vegetation can collect on the coils, which will make it harder for them to do their job. Keep hedges trimmed back so air flow isn't interrupted, remove any dead leaves or pine needles, and wipe off any collected pollen or blossoms from nearby fruit trees or other flowers.

Clean The Condensate Drain

This is a small tube on the bottom of your central air conditioning unit that usually drips water. This drain line carries away the condensation from the evaporator coil. It can become clogged with vegetation debris or mold can begin growing in it, blocking the exit. Use a small wire brush periodically to keep it clear.

If your do these three things regularly, you will lessen the likelihood of running into problems. For any other issues, be sure to call a professional, like those found at Nathan's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., to service your unit.

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