2 Things You Can Do to Help Maintain Your Air Conditioning System

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Serious air conditioning repairs and maintenance should only be performed by a professional. However, there are some maintenance tasks that you can perform yourself as long as your system is not showing signs of a problem, such as cooling ineffectively, emitting strange sounds, or not blowing air. Here are two things you can do to help maintain your air conditioning system:

1. Remove debris from around your unit. 

A residential air conditioning unit can usually be found adjacent to an exterior wall of your home. Since the unit is outside, debris, such as leaves and dirt, can sometimes build up around it.

You can remove most of this material safely on your own. However, be sure to turn off the electrical breaker of the system first. Once the electricity is off, you can clear the area around the unit by sweeping with a broom or using a vacuum attachment to suction the debris away. A garden blower is not prescribed because it can be difficult to guide the direction of its airflow. In addition, the air can inadvertently force debris into the air conditioner's housing.

2. Replace your disposable air filters.

The air filters can be found in the intake vents inside your home. The filters become filled with dust and debris over time as they filter the air that flows into the vents.

To change a filter, remove the protective grate that covers your intake vent. The grate may be hinged or it may be held in place by screws. Lift or unscrew the grate to access the disposable filter.

Most filters are only held in position by a metal guide or lip. Slide the old filter out, and use a damp cloth to wipe away any dust or debris from the intake opening. Starting with one edge, slide the new filter into place. Be sure to look at the arrows on the side of the new filter. They can indicate which side of the filter should be closest to the vent.

The size of the filters vary, so be sure to have the right measurements when you purchase new filters from a home improvement store. Dimensions may be found printed on the side of your old disposable filter. Filters that are not replaced regularly may reduce air flow into the intake vent or allow debris to enter your ducts.

Minor maintenance should only be performed by you when your air conditioner appears to be running properly. More complicated maintenance tasks, such as preparing your system for a new season and duct cleaning, should be left to a professional. In addition, if your system shows signs of malfunctioning, such as making unusual noises or failing to blow cool air, you should contact an air conditioning service professional, like Borter Heating & Air Conditioning Co. A specialist will be able to repair your system and get it in working order again. 

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20 July 2015

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