Even as summer temperatures give way to chillier fall and winter weather, it’s still important to keep up with your air conditioning system’s maintenance. Giving your A/C system some well-deserved end-of-summer maintenance ensures that your system will be in good working order next season.
- Replace or clean your air filter. Not only can a dirty air filter negatively impact your A/C system’s performance, but it can also drag down your home’s indoor air quality. It’s always a good idea to have your air filter replaced before retiring your A/C system at the end of the season.
- Clean the evaporator coil. There’s a good chance that the evaporator coil inside of your A/C system’s air handler has collected plenty of dust and debris throughout the season. A blocked evaporator coil can have the same effect on your A/C system’s performance as a clogged air filter, so it’s a good idea to give it a thorough scrub-down using a soft bristle brush and a mild detergent solution.
- Check the condensate drain and drip tray. Carefully inspect the condensate drip tray below the evaporator coil for any signs of damage. You should also check the condensate drain for any blockages that could prevent your air conditioner from draining properly.
- Clean the condenser coil. In addition to cleaning the evaporator coil, you should also clean the condenser coil located within the outdoor condenser cabinet. Don’t forget to remove as much debris from around the cabinet as possible prior to cleaning the coil itself.
- Have a professional tune-up your A/C system. A little preventive maintenance can go a long way when it comes to your A/C system. A trained HVAC technician can check refrigerant levels, lubricate mechanical components and perform a variety of other tasks requiring special tools and training.
For more information on AC maintenance tips, contact a heating and cooling professional at AJR Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration today.