26 May Air Conditioner Maintenance Tasks Dayton Homeowners Can Tackle
Like any complex equipment in your home, your air conditioner requires maintenance. Scheduling a spring tune-up with an HVAC company will help you keep your A/C in top form. Some of the tasks the technician performs during annual air conditioner maintenance visits require expertise and training, but others can be tackled by the homeowner with only basic knowledge of how the A/C runs.
Here are some tasks you can try before your technician arrives.
- Replace or clean your air filter. A dirty air filter is the top reason for an air conditioner’s poor performance. Make sure to change the filter every month during the warm season when you run the A/C most. If you have a reusable filter, clean it regularly.
- Air seal your home. No matter the temperature outside, you don’t want conditioned air leaking out or heat/cold from outside seeping inside. Use weatherstripping to seal around doors and caulk around windows to prevent air leaks.
- Check your outdoor condenser for leaves and debris. Remove leaves, weeds, grass clippings, twigs or other obstructions within a two-foot radius around your outdoor condenser. Make sure to check it on a regular basis for obstructions and debris.
- Check the condensate drain. Located in the indoor side of your air conditioner, condensate drains can usually be difficult to gain access to, particularly if the A/C is situated in an attic. Ask your HVAC technician if you don’t know where it is. Your A/C breathes in dust, dirt and other particulates as it takes in air, and some of that could clog your condensate line. If you can easily gain access to the line, push a stiff wire through it to dislodge debris and ensure free flow of condensation into the drain pan.
- Check the coils for dirt buildup. There is a condenser coil outdoors and an evaporator coil indoors. Look in your manual for information on how to gain access to them and also use a foaming cleanser to clean them. Use a fin comb (available from a home improvement store) to straighten bent fins.
Learn more about air conditioner maintenance from the experts at Airtron Heating and Air Conditioning.