At Holt Plumbing & Heating, Inc., our aim extends beyond fixing problems; we’re also here to empower you with important knowledge on AC Maintenance and Air Conditioning Repair.
Your air conditioning system is an essential part of your home comfort. Rather than waiting for major issues to arise before calling in the pros, why not take charge with a few DIY maintenance tips? Taking the time to understand your system can save you headaches, time, and money in the long run.
1. Regular Cleaning:
Dust and debris can accumulate in your unit over time, causing a decrease in efficiency and even leading to malfunctions. Regularly cleaning your air conditioner can help prevent these issues. Before cleaning, make sure the unit is off to avoid electrocution. Use a soft brush or vacuum to clean the fins (thin metal slats on the side of the unit) – but be careful, they can bend easily!
2. Filter Replacement:
The filter is one of the most crucial parts of your air conditioner as it directly affects air quality. Depending on the type, it’s typically recommended that you replace or clean it every 1-3 months. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to handle filter replacement.
3. Check the Thermostat:
Is your system not cooling adequately? The issue may lie with the thermostat. Ensure it’s set to the correct temperature and the switch is set to “cool.” If your thermostat is old or analog, consider upgrading to a programmable model for higher accuracy and efficiency.
4. Inspect the Condenser Unit:
Located outside, this part of the air conditioner is exposed to the elements and can easily accumulate debris and dirt. Where necessary, use a hose to clean it and remove any visible obstructions. Ensure there’s a 2 feet clearance around it for optimal operation.
5. Professional Maintenance Check-up:
At least once a year, have a professional from Holt Plumbing & Heating, Inc. perform a detailed inspection and maintenance on your air conditioning system. They’ll check refrigerant levels, verify system controls, and ensure all parts are working seamlessly.
In conclusion, AC maintenance and air conditioning repair don’t always have to be daunting tasks. With these basic DIY tips, you can keep your unit functioning efficiently for longer. However, if troubleshooting surpasses your DIY abilities, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our professional team . Remember, when it comes to your comfort, you don’t have to do it all singlehandedly.