Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

Air Conditioners are an essential home appliance during the dog-days of summer. Here are a few simple, inexpensive tips to keep your unit running well

Schedule an annual preventative maintenance check for you HVAC system in the spring. If you also run a heat pump, you should schedule annual maintenance for that unit in the fall. Find a quality, licensed HVAC contractor service your unit. The contractor will evaluate the unit, clean it, and prepare it for the heating or cooling season ahead. Don’t forget to change the filter! Filters should be replaced every 30 days, during the months to unit is in use. Filters vary in shape, type, and size. Most are disposable, inexpensive and easy to change. Read your unit’s instruction manual to find out what type of filter you should use.

When you are ready to change the filter, be sure to buy the correct size. Mark the day you wish to change it on the calendar to keep up with the monthly maintenance. Turn off the system to change the filter. Slide in your new filter and enjoy the cool, clean air! If the filter is not disposable and made of fiberglass, it is best to clean it outside. Shake it off or vacuum the filter first. Rinse it with water and allow it to dry completely. Do not reinstall the filter until it is completely dry. Every homeowner wants a worry-free HVAC. Preventative maintenance will help keep the repairman out of your home. Follow these simple tips and enjoy a well-running unit for years to come.