The air conditioning in your home is one of the most important appliances, especially during the summer. You don't want to have to deal with a broken down air conditioner, not only because it can lead to you and your family having to suffer in a hot home in the summer, but also because it can lead to expensive repairs that you may not be able to afford to pay for. For this reason, it's important that you are taking care of your air conditioner regularly. Here are three important things that you should be doing to ensure that your air conditioner does not suffer from problems that could have otherwise been easily avoided:
Clean the Condenser:
Whenever you power off your air conditioner, you should clean the condenser. This means removing the cage and dusting the interior. You may need to use a damp cloth to effectively remove the dirt and debris. When you do this, you can be sure that the next time you turn on the air conditioning, it won't immediately be moving around dirty air that can easily jam certain components of the air conditioning system. You should also be sure that you change the filters for this very same reason at least twice a year.
Spray the Fins:
The fins, which are located in the condenser unit need to be spray cleaned regularly, as well. Dirt easily accumulates here and since this is the main way that air is circulated, they must be cleaned in order to circulate clean air every time the AC is used. You can spray it with the hose, so long as the power is off. After you have done this, wipe down the fins with a cloth to get rid of any dust that is still stuck to the fins. This will help you avoid clogs in the air conditioner, as well that will ensure you don't have to replace the filters as often and you can avoid major repairs to other components that make up the AC system.
Keep the Condenser Clear:
The condenser, which is pulling air into the home, needs to be clear from dirt, leaves, and other debris. Any plants that are near the condenser need to be trimmed so that the leaves are not blocking air flow. Be sure to rake the leaves around the area and ensure that there is not dirt that is building up that can block air flow.
When you know these three important, but minor things to do, you can be sure that you are doing very little to keep your AC free from major problems for a long time to come. For more information, contact companies like Nathan's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.