If when you first moved into your house, you already had an AC system installed, you might not be aware of how much it costs to have them replaced. In most cases, a new one will run you a couple thousand dollars and it’s usually time to make this kind of investment every 10-12 years.
There are some things that you can do to keep your system in pique condition in the meantime. If you’re curious to know about some basic things that you can do in order to clean and maintain your system, here are five relatively easy steps.
Turn off the power. For safety’s sake, before you work with anything that’s connected to an electrical current, it’s important that you first disconnect the power. So, when it comes to your air conditioner, refer to your owner’s manual for instructions on how to discharge the capacitor.
Clean the grills and fan. The next thing that you need to do is take off your air conditioner’s access panel. That way, you can get reach the air conditioner’s grilles and fans. You can actually use your garden hose to rinse off any debris from both. Also, if your fan happens to have lubrication ports, add a bit of oil to them. This will keep the fan from running slowly or rusting. Finally, make sure that you also look the evaporator unit to remove any debris. If you see any, you should be able to easily remove it with the help of a clean rag.
Clean the coils. Something else that you should clean off are your air conditioner’s coils. You will need a stiff brush in order to do this. The first step is to use the brush in order to remove any surface dirt that you might see. If after doing this, you notice that there is some trapped in dirt, you should then apply a solution of biodegradable foaming cleaner and water to the coils. Let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then rinse the cleanser off with water. (Do take special note that if you do decide to apply the cleaner, you should cover your air conditioner’s motors and wires first in order to protect them for the chemicals in the cleaner.)
Change the filter. Another thing that can help to keep your unit working well is a clean filter. In fact, if you were to ask a professional technician about how often you should change yours out, they would probably tell you between every 60-90 days. You can find filters to fit virtually any unit at a home improvement store like Lowe’s or Home depot.
Sweep the outer part of the unit. There are a lot of reasons why you might need air conditioning repair. You could have some loose wires. Your unit could be leaking. There also could be some debris caught up in the unit because the outer part is not swept on a regular basis. So, when you’re outside doing some landscaping, take out a couple of minutes to sweep the outer part of your unit off. It’s a small thing that can make a really big difference in preserving the life of your air conditioner.