The last thing you want in the heat of the summer is for your A/C to go out. Not only would that leave you at the mercy of the Phoenix sun, but it would also mean an emergency call to an HVAC professional, which can certainly get expensive. Wondering what you can do to prevent a problem? These three air conditioner maintenance tips can help.
- Change the Filter! should probably happen a bit more frequently than on an annual basis, especially in a place like Phoenix where you run your air conditioner several months out of the year. You may want to change it every two to three months, depending on what your HVAC professional recommends. It’s really important to do this on the recommended maintenance schedule because the dirtier the filter, the harder it can make your air conditioner work. That means decreased longevity. You’ll need to learn more about whether your filter is reusable or disposable. Your installation contractor should be able to give you that information. If you have no idea even where to begin, it may be a good idea to call in an HVAC professional to walk you through some air conditioner basics.
- Clean the Vents: A few times a year, you’ll want to get the dust out of your vents. It can help keep the air conditioner itself running well, and it can help keep your home a little cleaner as well. Allowing dust to sit in your vents means you’re harboring allergens. It also means you’re making your air conditioner work that much harder. While handling it on your own is a good idea a few times a year, you may actually want to have your ducts cleaned professionally once or twice a year.
- Don’t Block The Condenser: The condensing unit is an essential part of your air conditioner, but all too often, people block it with various yard debris or outdoor furniture. Leaning lawn chairs against it for storage, blocking it up with lawn clippings or leaves, or allowing weeds to grow to close to it means an inefficiently operating machine. Keep it as clean as possible, and check it regularly for potential problems.
There are so many ways to prevent many of the potential problems with your air conditioner. A simple call to any HVAC professional can help you determine what ongoing maintenance you need to consider for your air conditioner. In some cases, a yearly tune up from the right company can handle all of the tasks for you, freeing you up to enjoy the cool air again and again.