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By Platinum Team August 2, 2015

Helpful Tips for A/C Maintenance

When our air conditioners start working overtime to keep the inside cool, that strain can wreak havoc on the many moving parts of the A/C system. If your system isn’t running at peak efficiency, take the time to do some maintenance. This can be the difference between enjoying cool comfort and sweating a service call. Check and change air filters While most air filters have an average life of three months, it’s important to check them monthly during extended periods of hot weather. When your A/C system works harder and longer due to the extended heat, the filter fills with particles faster. Dirty air filters force your system to work harder to push cool air through your home. This uses more energy and places even more strain on the air conditioning system. To check your filter, take it out, and hold it to the light. If the dust on the filter is so thick that you can’t see much light shining through the filter, it’s time for a new filter. A clean air filter, unobstructed by the dirt and other debris, will save you money on energy costs and prolong the life of your air conditioner. If you do not know where your air filters are or how to replace them, ask your HVAC technician to show you during an inspection. Keep outdoor unit clean and clear For safety, always turn the thermostat and outdoor unit’s breaker off before doing any work around that outdoor unit. Once everything is off, go ahead, and check the unit for anything blocking the unit’s sides or top. Remove any plant growth, grass clippings, or debris caught in the coil walls. The coil can be cleaned using a soft-bristle brush to gently sweep the fins. Always brush in line with the fins, and be gentle because the fins can bend easily. Because the fan pulls air through these fins, you can expect to find dust clinging to the fins. Removing this dust and other debris will reduce resistance and increase efficiency. Prune or remove any shrubs or other growth that is touching or close to the unit. Do not use a weed eater or other powered cutting tool that might damage the fins. Garden shears or some other type of hand clippers are recommended.]]>