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How to Take Good Care of Your AC Unit 

The invention of air conditioning unit is a miracle. Imagine suffering in hot summer season where the only thing you have is a fan. Cool air is such a relief. Not only that too much heat can cause us a lot of health factors, it can also make us less motivated to work because every action we take there comes sweat.   

After many months or years of using an AC unit, there’s a big possibility that it will start to fail. It has a long life expectancy but if you don’t take care of it well, it will malfunction and die entirely. Before you use your unit to cool your place, make sure that you’re giving it a regular check-up. Follow the tips below, because if you do, you will save more on your bills and unexpected repair costs.  

AC Unit 

Change the Filters 

Air conditioning units should have their filters changed at once in a while, at least every few months. Old filters with everyday dirt and dust can slow down the functionality of the unit; the cool air is not entirely diminished. If you have a window AC unit, you can wash the filter at least once or twice per 2 weeks. To do this, pop out the unit’s front grill using a putty knife. Remove the filter and wash it together with the grill. Use soapy and warm water so you can remove the mold build-up.  

Clear the Vents 

You can also give those vents a regular dusting several times per year. If you don’t know how, or if you don’t have a time, you can always call a professional to do it for you. This is an important part of your maintenance.  

Check Freon Levels 

Checking your Ac unit for a Freon leak is also important and should be a part of your maintenance plan. If you have an older model, the more reason that you should do this. In ideal conditions, the AC won’t consume Freon coolant so you don’t have to change it or fill another batch in. You can hire a technician to do the check-up for you.  

Clean the Coils 

Evaporator coils can be found under the filter, so when you’re cleaning the filter give these coils some cleaning too. If you want to keep your unit on its optimum performance, use a brush attachment to vacuum the coils thoroughly. Clean the condenser coils too, you can find it at the back of the unit. When the unit is working, extra debris gets in the way of air flow, so it’s better you clean all those debris off so the unit can perform well.  

Check Wiring and Components 

Before you do some check-up and regular maintenance on your AC, start by turning off the power. You can do this by turning off the main breaker panel. Remove the condensing unit’s access panel to check for any signs of overheating. Look for burned-looking wires, blackened wires or melted insulation on the wires. Check any electrical connections to see if they’re loose or still tight. You can check the unit’s capacitors using an electrical test meter.  

Check the contactor switch too. If you don’t have any knowledge about the things mentioned here, or you’re not comfortable replacing any part, call an AC unit expert to do the job for you. It’s better that someone expert will take care of it.  

Examine Thermostat 

One of the reasons why an AC unit might not be producing the cool air it’s supposed to is because the thermostat is malfunctioning. Check your thermostat to see if it keeps your home at the temperature you set. Mechanical thermostat is difficult to keep up with, so better upgrade to programmable model.  

Programmable models will let you set the temperature higher when everyone leaves then cool it again 30 minutes everyone arrives. You don’t have to turn off the AC, you can save more on the energy too.  

Clean Outside Unit 

We’re so fixated with the inner components of the unit; we shouldn’t forget the outside unit too. Over time, every day dust and dirt will build up outside the unit too. It will decrease the capacity of the unit and decrease the airflow.  

Shut the power off then wash the debris using a garden hose, start at the top, and put the hose at a 45 degree angle. Never use a power washer because it can damage the coil’s delicate fins.