Love is in the Air – Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

Love is in the Air – Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

Love Is In The Air

Is that love in the air or is that just the smell of fresh, clean air? Well, we hope it’s both! Summer is right around the corner and instead of waiting until the last minute, make sure you check your AC unit for flaws during the off-season months. If something major is wrong with the unit, you won’t have to sweat in your home for a week until it gets fixed, like during high-traffic seasons. So, get outside and check that big box in your backyard that hums!

  1. Clean Air Filter

Clean or replace your AC filter during high-use seasons like summer or winter. The AC filter acts much like the filter on your dryer.  It has the potential to gather dust and at worst catch fire.

 

The air filter can be found:

 

  • Behind the grille on a wall or ceiling.
  • Inside the blower compartment of the air handler or furnace.
  • In a slot inside the furnace.

 

  1. Check Wiring

Before you start to examine or clean the actual AC unit, make sure all power to the unit is turned off. Please use extreme safety to avoid electrocution. Turn off the power by switching off the main breaker panel of your home. Now, it’s time to check your AC unit. Look for signs of overheating, like melted or exposed wires. Also, make sure electrical connections are tight. Remember, “Righty-tighty, lefty loosey!”

 

  1. Check Condenser

MAKE SURE YOUR SYSTEM IS STILL TURNED OFF and then check the fan of your AC unit. Check for any chips, cracks, or rust spots. Replace any of the blades if necessary.

 

  1. Examine Thermostat

Your thermostat ultimately controls your AC unit, so it is mandatory that it gets updated too. Upgrade your home with a programmable thermostat. It will lower the rate of your monthly utility bill, by allowing you to program the temperature of your home.

 

  1. Clean Outside Unit

Be sure to clean any debris like leaves, dirt, and branches found near or next to the AC unit. Long term build-up leads to decreased air flow. Clean the area around the unit with a gentle water hose. A power washer will cause damage to the AC coils.

 

Magruder Homes in College Station, Texas has been building custom homes and move-in ready homes in the Bryan/College Station area since 2007. We’re here to serve you and give advice on all of your home’s features. Summer is just around the corner and we want you to be prepared by examining your AC unit for flaws. If at any point you do not feel comfortable performing maintenance on your unit, please call a professional! Check our monthly blog updates for the latest in home maintenance tips or just give us a call.