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. Here are some of the basic maintenance tips to get you started on a functional and effective air conditioning unit throughout the year.
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. The process of cleaning the fins is quite simple and straightforward when you remove the fan cage from the outer 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. It is important that you also straighten the fins when cleaning them. 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. Most of the info. you will find online will advice on changing the blower filters once before summer sets in and once before winter. Just a quick tip here is to ensure the filter you use has the same airflow rating as the one you are removing. The other tip when it comes to taking good care of your AC is to work at unclogging the condensate drain tubes which ought to be done 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. Slime will clog the pan drain tube, and if no measures are taken, it will compromise on the performance of your AC unit over time. You might also want to have a closer look at the evaporator coil to ensure optimal performance of your unit. Using a soft, bristle brush, you can easily get rid of the dirt accumulated on the evaporator coil over time. 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.