Your Air Conditioner Needs Attention
Fall is here and your air conditioner has worked hard for you all summer long! This is the time to set aside a Saturday afternoon and give your air conditioner some much-needed TLC. If you do not have a regular service set up with a professional HVAC company for maintenance, then it is crucial that you maintain it yourself. It is crucial to clean and replace the parts and pieces that have worked hard all summer to keep your home cool.
• Before you begin, take precautions to ensure your safety during maintenance. Turn off the power to the unit. Most condensers outside have a disconnect mounted on your home near the unit.
• Change the unit’s filter. This part is very inexpensive and easy to remove and replace. By changing the filter, it will significantly improve the efficiency of the unit. A dirty, clogged filter will increase the use of energy, costing you more money.
• Every year you will need to clean the evaporator coil since it will collect dirt throughout the seasons. An evaporator coil that has too much dirt on it will not absorb heat as well, making your air conditioner strain to cool your home.
• Clean the drain. This should be on your monthly “to-do” list since algae can grow in the condensation drain. An eco-friendly cleaner to use is regular white household vinegar. This will kill the bacteria. Some homeowners opt to use a wet vacuum to clean the drain. If you choose this method, adhere to the manufacturer’s safety manual for proper use.
By tending to your air conditioner in this manner at least twice a year will keep it running efficiently and ensure that you and your family are kept nice and cool in the warmer months. Here in South Florida, we use our a/c constantly, so consider signing up with a professional HVAC company who can perform more in-depth cleaning and repairs.
Shell Lumber has the supplies that you need to maintain your air conditioner. Stop by and browse our aisles when you get a chance. We are located at 2733 S.W. 27th Avenue Miami, Florida 33133, visit us online or give us a call locally at 305-856-6401 or Toll Free 800-621-6391.