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AC Maintenance Tips

The last thing a homeowner wants is a broken air conditioner. Fortunately, there are some easy tasks you can perform to maintain your unit to help it last longer. Use these AC maintenance tips and tricks to keep your air conditioner running smoothly.

If you are not comfortable performing maintenance on your air conditioning unit, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a service appointment! At Modern HVAC our A/C maintenance specialists are dedicated to providing quality work!

Air Conditioner Maintenance

AC Maintenance Services

The optimal time to perform A/C maintenance is in the spring before you need to use it for summer. By maintaining your unit before the heat of summer rolls in, you can be sure your AC will work more efficiently when it needs to. This will save you money and keep your home cool.

Since components of your air conditioning unit are both outside and inside your home, you should dedicate time to both sections.

Outdoor Air Conditioning Maintenance

Your condenser unit may look hard to perform maintenance on, but keeping this component clean and running efficiently is rather easy.

  • Power off the unit: the first step before you conduct any maintenance is to turn your unit off before you begin. By cutting off the power supply, you can ensure a deep clean and limit the risk of injury.
  • Clear debris: Removing the cap and taking a shop vacuum to the inside of the condenser is a great way to clear all the debris that may be building up in your unit. This will help limit the particles and junk that enter and clog the unit.
  • Clean the fins: Cleaning the fins is important as many homeowners experience clogged fins on their air conditioners. The fins are the small metal prongs that protect the condenser coil. You can use a hose to remove any buildup on the outside of your fins. If possible, remove the lid of the condenser and spray from the inside out.
  • Fix the fins: These delicate metal pieces are prone to being bent. To ensure they are working properly, you can buy a fin comb, which is a small tool that will drag and straighten many fins at one time.
  • Check insulation on coolant pipes: The line that transfers the refrigerant through your air conditioning system is covered by a layer of thick insulation. Sometimes sun exposure and other elements can destroy the insulation. Check on this insulation regularly, as it keeps the refrigerant cold and protects anything from happening to the pipe.

Indoor Air Conditioning Maintenance

Keeping track of the indoor components of your AC unit is just as important as the outside.

  • Clear the drain: Your AC condensate drain fills with condensation and water that your air conditioner releases. The plastic tube can be a breeding place for mold, which could clog your system and really back everything up. Use special AC pan pills to keep your condensate drain from clogging, or use a shop vacuum to remove a clog if it’s already formed.
  • Check your filter: A quality filter is essential for keeping dirt and grime out of your blower. Typically, we recommend that every home change its filter every three months or so. This allows your AC to work efficiently and avoid performance issues.
  • Check for leaks: Unfortunately, not every AC maintenance service can be performed at home. If you detect a leak in any of the refrigerant lines in your AC unit, you need to employ the help of a professional.

Choose Modern HVAC for A/C Maintenance

These tips should keep your air conditioning unit in tip-top shape, but sometimes professional HVAC service is the safest and most effective way to solve your heating and cooling system problems. Modern HVAC offers Air conditioner services in the Charlotte area and guarantees quality work.

Modern Sheet Metal provides furnace and air conditioner service, repair, replacement and installation throughout Appleton, Neenah, Menasha, Darboy, Kimberly, Kaukauna and Greenville. Please call us at 920-733-4713 to discuss your residential or commercial heating & cooling needs!