Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
If you got hit by a high energy bill last summer, you're likely interested in making sure it doesn't happen again. Sure, you could try changing the temperature that the A/C is running at, but why make your family potentially less comfortable when there are other solutions that you can try. One of the easiest ways to make sure your air conditioner runs efficiently is simply to keep up with a regular maintenance plan. Here are 3 air conditioning maintenance tips to keep in mind next summer.
Regularly Clean the Condenser Fan and Evaporator Coil
If you have an outdoor condenser fan, you will want to keep an eye on the fan blades to ensure they are operating efficiently. Dirt and other gunk can collect in this area over time, so make it a point during a long summer to head out to the unit and give it a thorough cleaning each month if needed. If you are running an indoor unit, you will want to open it up and remove dust, dirt, and other grime from the indoor evaporator coil.
Change the Air Filter Regularly
Your air filter doesn't just protect you and your family from breathing in dust and other particles; it also protects the A/C unit itself from all of that dust. A clogged air filter can significantly reduce your air conditioner's operating efficiency. Start the summer with a brand new filter and then check in every month to either clean it or replace it with another one.
Inspect the Drain and Condensation Lines
A clogged drain can be just as bad for your air conditioner's efficiency as a clogged filter. While you check the drain, you should also check your A/C's condensation lines to ensure everything is flowing as it should be. If you need to clear the lines, you can try a plumbing snake or an industrial vacuum with a hose attachment. If you want to prevent this from happening again, you could send in a bleach and water mixture to help stop clogs before they start.
If you want to keep your A/C bill this summer in check, get into the habit of regularly inspecting all operating parts of your unit. Make sure the drain and condenser lines are clear, and get into the habit of regularly removing dust and dirt from your condenser fan and/or evaporator coil. If you are not confident enough to try these tasks yourself, contact an HVAC specialist, such as those at Nathan's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., to come out and do it for you.