During the hotter days of the year, your AC unit is suddenly your best buddy, keeping you cool and comfy. However, what if it doesn’t work properly and requires frequent repairs? You run this risk if you fail to execute some easy and effective maintenance steps.
Replace the Air Filter
You can avoid expensive AC repair simply by replacing the air filter when it gets dirty. Otherwise, your AC unit may work harder and prematurely break down because dirt and debris restrict airflow.
For filter replacement, several options exist. You can, for example, insert a high-efficiency filter designed to cut your energy costs. Alternatively, you can install a reusable filter. They can be used multiple times, as long as you keep them clean.
If you’re looking for something a bit more affordable and don’t mind replacing the filter on a more consistent basis, fiberglass filters may suffice. HEPA filters pose another option. According to research, a true HEPA filter can trap 99.97% of dust particles that are .3 microns in diameter. As a result, you and your family can breathe air that’s free of harmful particles and substances.
Inspect the Outside Unit
After a while, dirt and leaves may collect on key components of your AC unit. These components need to be clean to work efficiently. Therefore, it’s imperative to enlist an AC repair technician to inspect and clean your unit on a consistent basis.
They’ll run through a brief checklist and inspect parts to make sure all are in good condition. They’ll clean integral parts that need cleaning, such as the evaporator coil and fins. They will also remove any accumulation of debris and leaves surrounding the unit while making sure your unit is intact overall.
Monitor the Vents
Your AC unit’s vents provide cool air passage ways into your home, but they can’t work effectively when they get bogged down by debris and other particles. Fortunately, HVAC technicians possess specialized tools designed to fit inside these tight areas that seem virtually impossible to reach for the casual homeowner.
After interior compartments are thoroughly cleaned, continue monitoring the vents to make sure cool air is circulating. If room-temperature air is flowing through, you may need to ask a technician to visit and refill the cooling refrigerant.
When it comes to avoiding expensive AC repair, it’s important to keep parts clean and have your unit inspected regularly. Any delay can turn simple fixes into complicated problems, ultimately affecting everyone in your household on hot days.
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