DIY Air Conditioning Maintenance Hacks

Maintaining your air conditioning unit can prolong its lifespan and ensure optimal performance, saving you money on costly repairs or replacements. Here are some DIY tips to keep your AC running smoothly:

1. Clean or Replace Air Filters

Clogged air filters restrict airflow, making your AC work harder and consuming more energy. Depending on the type of filter, clean or replace it every 1-3 months during peak usage periods.

2. Clear Debris from Outdoor Unit

Leaves, twigs, and other debris can accumulate around the outdoor unit, obstructing airflow and reducing efficiency. Use a soft brush or vacuum to gently remove any debris from the unit and its surrounding area.

3. Check for Leaks

  • Inspect refrigerant lines for any cracks, holes, or signs of wear.
  • Look for water leaks around the indoor unit, which could indicate a clogged drain line or condensation pan overflow.
  • If you suspect a refrigerant leak, call a professional HVAC technician immediately, as refrigerants can be harmful if not handled properly.

4. Clean Condenser Coils

The condenser coils, located in the outdoor unit, can become dirty over time, reducing heat transfer and efficiency. Use a soft brush or a coil cleaning solution to gently clean the coils, taking care not to bend or damage the delicate fins.

5. Level the Outdoor Unit

If the outdoor unit is not level, it can cause poor drainage and potential water damage. Use a level and adjust the unit’s support pads or base as needed to ensure proper leveling.

Remember, while these DIY tips can help maintain your air conditioning unit, it’s always best to schedule regular professional maintenance and service to ensure optimal performance and safety. If you encounter any issues beyond basic maintenance, contact a reputable HVAC company like T. N. Bowes Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. for expert assistance.