How to do Annual Maintenance on a Home Air Conditioner

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Today, more households use home air conditioners than ever before.  When the summer months arrive, you want your home air conditioner ready.  Performing annual maintenance can prevent costly repairs and make your air conditioner last a long time.   Here are 9 maintenance tips to help keep your air condition unit working properly.

Try changing your air filter monthly or as recommended by your product manual. Using top quality air filters work best, as regular type air filters may have to be replaced more frequently.

Once a year you should clean the cooling coils.  Be sure to disconnect the power from the unit before cleaning.  Use an air condition cleaner and apply it by spraying directly on the coils. After a few minutes, rinse with water by using a garden hose.

Keep the compressor component clear of dirt and dust by washing it down with a water hose. This will keep your unit running smoothly, allowing the air to flow rapidly over the cooling fins of the compressor. Prevent dust and dirt from accumulating, by covering up the compressor during the spring and winter months when the air conditioner is not in use.

If you own a window type home air conditioner, have it located so that it is not exposed to direct sunlight. If trees or bushes shade the air conditioner, ensure that they do not block any of the outside airflow.

Inspect all connected hoses for any leaks. If you find any, repair them immediately.

Clean registers and air vents frequently using a home vacuum cleaner.

For sufficient airflow inside your home, you should keep your home plants about 12 inches away from your air condition unit.

Have a licensed Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning contractor to perform your annual maintenance for you if you have had any problems with your unit in the past. With proper yearly maintenance your air condition unit could last as long as 15 to 20 years.

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