Basic AC Maintenance Hacks for Optimal Performance
There is nothing as annoying as when the Air Conditioner is not working, and not just annoying but also very dangerous to have a dysfunctional AC. The good news is that there are some super cool and easy AC maintenance tips and hacks that will ensure your AC unit is as functional as it can ever get. Here are some of the basic maintenance tips to get you started on a functional and effective air conditioning unit throughout the year.
Always ensure your AC unit is as clean as it can get, this can never be overemphasized enough if you are to get the most out of your unit. Keeping the AC clean is as simple as removing the fan cage on the exterior unit and thoroughly cleaning the fins. Once you have access to the fins, you can then use a soft bristled vacuum or even clean using your hands. Should you encounter very stubborn dirt, you can introduce readily available fin sprays to help dislodge the dirt and make it easy to clean. It is also advisable that you straighten the fins of your AC unit as you are cleaning them in case they are crooked. Straightening the fins could be as simple as using your kitchen knife to ease the fins and get them back to their straight position.
The other tip to ensure optimal performance of your air conditioning unit is to have the blower air filters changed at least twice a year. Blower filters are best changed before winter and before summer kicks in. Just a quick tip here is to ensure the filter you use has the same airflow rating as the one you are removing. You will know your condensate drain tube needs to be checked when you notice a pool of water on the furnace when the AC is running.
You don’t want the condensate to create bacteria that will eventually facilitate the formation of slime, now do you? Slime will clog the pan drain tube, and if no measures are taken, it will compromise on the performance of your AC unit over time. The evaporator coil is yet another very important part of your AC unit that needs to be checked on a regular basis for optimal performance of your unit as a whole. Using a soft, bristle brush, you can easily get rid of the dirt accumulated on the evaporator coil over time. While at it, you can use some warm, soapy water with bleach to clean the drain pan. Do not hesitate to call in a professional when the going gets tough; this ensures a problem is averted early in advance before it worsens.