As the warmer months approach, the smart thing to do is to make sure your air conditioner is ready for a cruel summer. In fact, keeping your AC in tiptop condition throughout the year is important for the longevity of its life. However, this can only be achieved by regular maintenance and servicing of the unit.
Now, getting back to summer, this is the time of year when your air conditioner is anything but a luxury; it’s a necessity! We run our ACs for prolonged periods, day in and day out when the weather starts to warm up. Hence, the proper running of your cooling system is imperative. We all know what happens when an AC breaks down in summer; the temperature in your home rises almost as quickly as your blood pressure! So, without any further ado, let’s discuss how you can ensure that your air conditioner is ready to keep you cool all summer long!
Steps for an Effective Maintenance for Your Air Conditioner
Replace Air Filters
If you’re not using your AC for a while, chances are you’ll need to replace the air filters. In general, most cooling systems require the air filters to be changed every month regardless of whether they are being used. This happens because dirt and dust clog the filters over time, hindering the cool air coming out. What’s worse, dirty or clogged air filters release dust particles into the air which contaminate your home every time you turn on your AC. Therefore, we strongly suggest that you replace your AC’s air filters before running it for extended hours this summer.
Your air vents also collect dust quickly and easily and hence, must be cleaned regularly. This is a job that must be done thoroughly as vents are prone to dirt and even worse, vermin. Call in a professional cleaner, if needed, to get the ‘all-clear’ signal before you use your cooling system. On the subject of ventilators, make sure that nothing is obstructing them as this can strain your AC’s motor which, in turn, can cause damage to the unit.
Flush Drain Pipes
Clogged drain pipes are certainly not going to do your cooling system any good; hence, the extra precaution of flushing them out will pay off in the long run. Even if there is little debris or dirt in the pipes, it’s advisable to clean them before use. To do this, pour some vinegar down each tube, rinsing them out with water after that. Vinegar is an excellent cleanser that helps break down dirt and unclog narrow spaces.
Do Test Runs
Lastly, test your air conditioner by running it at different temperatures. Start with a low temperature and check how quickly the room (or house) cools down. Run it for a good half hour and take walks around the house to check for any warm spots. Similarly, do test runs at higher temperatures and check if the coolness is distributed evenly throughout the house. If you find any difference in the AC’s functioning from the last time you used it, call in a professional HVAC technician to inspect the unit.