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Written on October 24, 2018   By   in Home Products & Services

Tried and Tested Tips and Tricks for DIY AC Maintenance

You have no idea how stressful it can get when you have a dysfunctional air conditioning unit, especially during the summer or winter months when the AC must be working at its optimal. The good news is that there are some super cool and easy AC maintenance tips and hacks that will ensure your AC unit is as functional as it can ever get. The following are some tips are tricks to get you started into basic AC maintenance to ensure optimal performance and durability.

For starters, you might want to ensure you are dealing with a clean air conditioning unit so make sure you are cleaning it on a regular basis. Cleaning the AC is ensuring the fins are sparkling and dust free, which you do when you remove the fan cage on the exterior part of the unit. This will give you direct contact with the fins which you can then proceed to use a vacuum to clean or even use your hands. Fin spray can be used to clean your AC’s fin if you have extremely stubborn dirt, so be sure to find more info. about that from your online store. While at it, you might want to take the time to straighten the fins of your unit. This ensures the amount and quality of air flowing through the fins is at its optimal.

It is also highly recommended that you have the blower air filters changed twice a year. Blower filters are best changed before winter and before summer kicks in. Just a quick tip here is to ensure the filter you use has the same airflow rating as the one you are removing. AC maintenance is also about unclogging the condensate drain tubes on a regular basis.

When condensate accumulates for a long time it will lead to piled up bacteria which will ultimately lead to slime formation. Now, when slime comes into the picture, it means the pan drain tube will be compromised, and your unit will not function properly. The next important part of your AC that needs to be maintained and cleaned on a regular basis is the evaporator coil which is found on the inside of the AC furnace. All you need to do unscrew it from the coil door, and you can then use a soft brush to get rid of the dust piled up. Now, this could also be an opportune time to take some bleach and put in warm soapy water so you can clean the drain pan. Even so, it is highly recommended that you have a professional come in and check your AC unit if you are unsure of what needs to be done and especially when there is some squeaky sound coming from the unit.