When your air conditioner breaks down in the middle of summer, you'll be scrambling to have the unit repaired or to replace it with a brand new one. If you have a very old air conditioner, you may even be tempted to get a new model because they are much more energy efficient these days. In either situation, you'll most likely want to pay more attention to the care of your air conditioner to ensure that you get a lot of use out of it before the next major repair is necessary. These tips will help your AC function better over time.
Changing The Furnace Filter
All of your focus may be on the condenser located outside your home, and you may not be thinking about your furnace that is inside. The furnace contains the blower, which is what is pushing all that cool air throughout your ductwork. Before it enters the ductwork, it must pass through your air filter that helps clean the air in your home.
A clogged filter can cause several problems with your air conditioning. For starters, you will see reduced airflow in your home. The cool air simply will not come out of the vents as quickly due to the amount of dirt and debris in the filter. It will also cause your air conditioning to need to work harder to get the temperature down to where it is set on the thermostat. As a result, your condenser has to work harder to cool down the home, which puts more wear and tear on this appliance.
Replacing your filter is easy to do. Just make sure to follow the manufacturer's recommendations for how often to change it and what kind of filter to use.
Clean The Condenser Coils
Your condenser unit has coils that condense the warm air outside and transform it into cool air for your home. If these coils become dirty and clogged, it can have a big impact on the efficiency of the appliance. Thankfully, these coils are easy to clean. Just make sure your air conditioner is turned off, and use a hose to clean out the coils on the unit. Anything that can improve airflow and how the unit operates will lead to an improved performance, leading to fewer repairs.
These are just a few ways that you can improve how your home's air conditioner functions. If you are neglectful and don't do these things, you could find yourself needing the unit repaired prematurely. Make sure to contact your local residential HVAC repair company with any questions.