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Air Conditioner Maintenance
Staying cool, calm and collected is the best way to beat the high temperatures. Air conditioners provide the most efficient way to cool down the rooms in your home. However, possible neglect to your cooling unit will start to become costly, not only for repairs but in energy costs.
Clean the air filter on your unit monthly and more frequently if you have pets or allergies. Most models have the air filter located at the front of the unit, making it easy to access by removing the front panel. Remove the filter and gently soak or rinse in soapy warm water. You can also use a mixture of white vinegar and water to soak the filter in. Let the filter dry completely before installing it again. If you notice any damage to the filter, replace it as soon as possible.
At the beginning of each cooling season, you will need to clean the condenser coils. Dust and other particles can build up on the inside of the coils, making it harder to cool and easier to increase your energy bills. The coils can be cleaned by using compressed air or using a soft brush and household cleaner to wipe it clean. Be careful not to damage these coils. If you accidentally dent or bend one of the fins, just use a fin comb to carefully straighten them back into place.
Inspect the cooling coils for any type of frost build up. This occurs when the temperature is too low for the unit to remove the heat from the room. Air conditioners should be used when the temperature outside is above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
To prevent the buildup of mold and to avoid that musty odor from emitting into your room be sure to clean the water pan. It might be easier to remember to clean the pan when you are going to clean the condenser coils. Use warm water and a cleaning agent like dish soap to rid of any dirt.
Find a good place for storage when not in use for the season that will protect it from any damage. Or make sure that your condenser is covered to prevent any outdoor damage.
Keep your air conditioner working like new with these simple tips.