Summer may be winding down, but there are several things to do to make sure your AC system is running properly and ready to go into the fall months.
We’ve put together a checklist for homeowners to check and basic maintenance that can be done with minor mechanical skills:
- Make sure your AC unit is free from debris. Cut down any long grass or weeds that may have crept up around your system. This will improve air flow and reduce the risk of pests getting into the unit.
- Clean the condenser with your garden hose. We don’t recommend detergents as this will damage certain types of units. Often, the outdoor fan can suck up dirt, dust, leaves and other debris making the condenser dirty. Shut off the unit and then spray it down to remove any blockage. Buildup can reduce efficiency and increase the operating temp of the compressor — leading to costly repairs and higher energy costs.
- Clean and clear the the downspout(s). Often, rodents and debris can get into the downspout from your gutters — leading to water buildup in the system and potential leaks into the home. Take a flashlight and inspect to see if there’s anything blocking the downspout. If there is, it should be removed. You can retrieve it by hand, or you can even try kitchen tongs.
- Replace your HVAC home filter. Make sure to check your filter and replace it if there is buildup. The general rule-of-thumb is to replace the filter every three months, but your system may need it earlier. This will improve airflow and make sure your system runs more efficiently. It will also improve the air quality in your home and make sure your family is breathing cleaner air. You can order replacement filters from our website (free shipping, sizes for most models and systems).