5 Tips to Keep Your Air Unit Running

ImageWith the summer in full swing, most people will be running their air conditioners.  To keep your house nice and cool, your air unit requires regular maintenance.  Did you know that an air conditioner’s filters need to be replaced at the start of the spring? Whether you have a wall air conditioner or window air unit, you will gradually decline your air conditioner’s performance if you neglect the necessary repairs.  To help you stay cool and save your energy bill this summer, listed below are five helpful tips that will extend the life of your air unit.

1.)    Keep your air filter, coil, and fins clean.

The job of your air conditioner is to keep your home cool.  But, if your filters, coils and fins do not receive regular maintenance your air conditioner will not run effectively.   If your air unit’s filter is clogged and dirty, it could be blocking air flow, which will reduce a system’s efficiency.  Also, by keeping your air conditioning system clean you may lower your energy bill.

2.)    Clean out any drains.

At the start of the summer pass a stiff cord through the air unit’s drain channels.  Unfortunately a clogged drain will thwart a unit from cooling the house, which may result in excess moisture, while leaving your carpets with a mildew smell.

3.)    Check your windows.

If you have a window air unit, inspect the seal between the air conditioner and the window frame to make sure it connects with the unit.  Also, look for any leaks that could possibly damage the seal and allow cool air to escape from your house.  The best time to inspect would be at the start of the summer. 

4.)    Protect your air conditioner from the winter weather.

At the end of the summer season, cover your unit with a plastic bag, or remove and store it away. If you cover your central air unit, you will protect it from any damage caused by snow storms and flying debris.

5.)    Employ a professional repairman.

Keep in mind that if your air conditioner needs more than regular repairs, it’s important to hire a professional service that will be able fix any complications that your unit may require. 

By following these tips you will keep you house nice and cool for the hot summer days that lay ahead. But, if your air conditioner continues to give you issues after following these tips, you may need to buy a new air unit.

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