It’s been a nice week of temperatures in the high 60s/low 70s, but those “summer scorcher” days are right around the corner. You don’t want to wait until that first day it hits 100 to wonder if your AC is in tip-top shape or not. Even if your AC doesn’t outright break down this summer, you still want it to be working as efficiently as possible to cool your home. Here are a few AC maintenance tips to help you get your AC ready for summer.
Get A Clean Filter
You may have a central system that requires removal and occasionally washing — or you might have a disposable filter you need to change monthly. A dirty filter uses up more energy, creates more wear-and-tear on your unit, affects when your HVAC turns on or off, and produces rooms that are not as comfortable. You can cut energy use by 5 to 15 percent by changing the filter, according to the US Department of Energy.
Check Your Coils and Fins
Central AC units have two coils made of copper and aluminum that regulate temperature control. The condenser coil is the outdoor component and the evaporator coil is located indoors. They both collect dust and debris, which can reduce the cooling capacity by up to 30 percent. Cleaning these coils with compressed air will help considerably. You also want to make sure your fan fins did not get bent during normal use.
Unclog Your Drain Lines
Sometimes drain lines can become clogged causing mold colonies to form or reduced functionality. A stiff wire ran through the drain will clear out debris. If mold is discovered, you will also need a sanitizing solution to prevent a recurrence. When drain lines get clogged the water builds up and can drain inside your home and cause serious problems including mold and mildew as well as damage to the materials like sheet rock.