This is not a DIY article, a life hack or pro-tip collection, or a jargon-filled tech manual. This is a simple breakdown of easy AC maintenance tasks that anyone here in New Port Richey can perform, meant to keep a central air conditioner in tip-top shape, prevent AC repair problems, and keep it running for years.
Many people assume that only AC company technicians are capable of performing maintenance, and often that is true; I would not recommend that an untrained professional get under the hood (so to speak) and start messing with the innards of their air conditioners in any way.
High voltage, hazardous refrigerant, and a complex assortment of wires, motors, blowers, and coils present a serious deterrent to anyone who hasn’t trained for that kind of thing.
However, there are a few obvious things that every homeowner should be doing to keep their systems running. These are the AC maintenance equivalents of oil changes or fluid top-ups on your automobile. Wear and tear, along with buildup of unwanted debris and dirt, present the biggest danger to a central air conditioner.
Here are three extremely simple things that you can do:
1.Keep the outdoor unit clean. Weeds, grass, bushes, trees, branches, ivy … anything that wants to grow near your outdoor unit should be kept under control. You want a couple of feet of clear space around the casing, and you want to make certain that nothing is getting in there that shouldn’t be.
More elaborate cleanings can be a part of your AC company’s seasonal or annual checkups, but you’ll be doing yourself a huge favor if you just make sure nothing is growing over your outdoor unit.
2.Program your thermostat (or get a programmable thermostat!). The amount of time an air conditioner spends running has an effect on it. If it’s been sized correctly for your home, it won’t need to run all the time. A programmable thermostat will help by ensuring that your preferred optimal temperature is maintained at all times.
You can program it to allow the temperature to rise a bit while the home is unoccupied. Overall, these things pay for themselves very quickly, and help keep the system from working too hard.
3.Clean your filters and grills. You want clean air to be circulating. The way to ensure that is to clean or replace your air filters every month or two, and to vacuum or clean your return vent grills to prevent obstructions. Your AC repair company or owner’s manual will tell you whether your filters are reusable or disposable.
Performing these three tasks regularly is a sure way to reduce the number of AC maintenance calls you’ll have to ask for each year here in New Port Richey.
If you need AC repair or maintenance for your New port Richey home or office, call us today at 727-270-9819 and save $35 on any paid repair!