The last thing that you want to deal with in the middle of a Tampa summer is a broken air conditioner. AC replacement can be really expensive, even if you get a wholesale air conditioner. If you take the time to clean your air conditioner regularly it’s less likely to break down. Air conditioners need to work really hard in the Tampa summer heat. During July and August the temperatures often soar into the mid-90s or higher. Keeping your air conditioner clean will ensure that your air conditioner keeps working hard even on the hottest days in Tampa. Here are some easy ways that you can clean your air conditioner to prevent break downs:
Change The Filter
Changing the air conditioner filter every month is an easy way to keep your air conditioning system clean and working. It’s a simple and inexpensive way to improve the efficiency of the air conditioning unit in your home. Filters are a snap to change and new filters only cost a few dollars. You can also try vacuuming the existing filter if you don’t have a replaceable filter. The hardest part about changing your air conditioner filter is remembering to do it. In order to make it easier to remember write down a reminder on your calendar to change the air filter once a month. Or set a reminder on your smart phone so that you won’t forget. Buy a pack of 12 replaceable filters so that you will always have a clean air filter when you need it.
Vacuum The Vents
The air filter isn’t the only part of the air conditioner that gets clogged with dust and pet hair. The vents for the air conditioner around your home can also accumulate debris. When you vacuum take a few extra seconds to use the attachments on the vacuum to clean off the vents. It’s an easy way to keep your air conditioner working as efficiently so that your home stays cool and you don’t end up with a huge power bill.
Check The Coil Fins
Coil fins on your air conditioning unit are what directs the flow of the cool air. Often they get moved out of position or bent by the air flowing over them. You can get a fin comb from any air conditioning service technician or air conditioning dealer. Use the comb to move the fins back into place one or twice a month and you’ll see a dramatic improvement in the cooling power of your air conditioner.