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Easy AC Maintenance Tasks

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Maintaining your air conditioning (AC) system is essential for ensuring its efficiency and longevity. With a few easy AC maintenance tasks, you can keep your AC unit running smoothly, save on energy costs, and help avoid unexpected costly AC repairs or premature failure leading to early AC replacement. In this article we share some easy AC maintenance tasks you can perform yourself in between professional AC maintenance visits.

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1. Replace Air Filters Regularly

One of the simplest and most important routine AC maintenance tasks you can do is to ensure you are regularly replacing the air filters (or cleaning it if your system uses a reusable one). Air filters trap dust, pollen, and other airborne particles, preventing them from entering the AC system. They keep the air flowing and help improve the air quality in your home. A dirty, clogged air filter restricts air flow causing your system to work harder than it should. As a rule of thumb replace it at minimum every 3 months, but during times of heavy use such as summer, it is best to check and replace them every 30 days.

2. Clean the Vents and Registers

Dust and debris can accumulate on your home’s vents and registers, impeding airflow and reducing indoor air quality. Cleaning these regularly helps maintain efficient airflow and a healthier living environment.

3. Remove Debris Around the Outdoor Unit

The outdoor unit of your AC system (condenser) needs adequate airflow to function efficiently. Leaves, dirt, and other debris can obstruct this airflow, causing the unit to overheat and work less efficiently. Trim plants and other bushes near the condenser. You should do your best to not allow leaves or grass to build up too close to it. Remove any branches or debris from the outdoor unit, to keep the system running efficiently. Overcrowded units, can suffer from decreased airflow which causes your AC unit to work harder.

4. Check Your Thermostat

A properly functioning thermostat is crucial for maintaining a comfortable home environment and ensuring your AC system operates efficiently. If your thermostat is not working correctly, it can lead to inconsistent temperatures and increased energy usage. Check the batteries and always keep fresh ones on hand. Clean the thermostat to remove any dust or debris that might affect its sensors. If you have an outdated thermostat, consider upgrading to a programmable or smart thermostat for more precise control and energy savings.

5. Schedule Professional AC Maintenance

Do not hesitate to contact us for your AC maintenance. A certified technician will be able to do more maintenance tasks required that should be completed by a professional at minimum once a year. A properly maintained system will keep you cool through the hottest days of summer.

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While there are many tasks you can do yourself, an annual professional tune-up is essential for catching potential issues before they become major problems. Routine AC maintenance is vital in keeping your system operating effectively and efficiently. It helps improve indoor air quality and decreases the chances of costly AC repairs or early AC replacement . A well-maintained AC system provides more consistent cooling, keeping your home comfortable even during the hottest months. Give us a call today or contact us online, we are here to help you!

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