Summer’s relentless heatwave can push even the most efficient AC units to their limits. But don’t sweat it! Here at R.H. Witt, we not only offer elite air conditioner services, but we also believe in empowering our customers with knowledge. Here are some DIY tips to maintain your air conditioning system between our professional services.
Keep Your AC Unit Clean
The first essential tip we can share is about cleanliness. Over time, your AC unit can accumulate dust, dirt, and other debris that can hinder its efficiency. You can easily clean your unit by removing the filter and gently cleaning it with warm water and a soft cleaning brush. Always make sure the filter is dry before placing it back. However, a more thorough AC maintenance should be performed routinely by our service professionals to ensure an optimally running system.
The outdoor unit or condenser also requires regular cleaning. Remove any obstructions and spray it with a water hose from top to bottom. Don’t use a power washer as it can damage the unit.
Maintain the AC Fins
The next crucial tip involves the aluminum fins found on the condenser and evaporator coils. Over time, these fins can bend and impede airflow. Using a tool called a fin comb (available at home improvement stores), you can easily straighten the fins. Be gentle as these fins are quite delicate.
Maintaining an optimum temperature on your thermostat can also enhance your AC’s efficiency. During the day, especially when no one is home, set your thermostat to a higher temperature, and reduce it during the night. An efficiently running unit makes a significant difference to your comfort.
Keep an Eye on Refrigerant Levels
The last DIY tip is about the refrigerant level. If your AC is low on refrigerant, it will not cool as effectively. Unfortunately, checking the refrigerant level is not a DIY job. If you suspect your unit is low, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for professional assistance. Regularly monitoring these levels can prolong the lifetime of your AC and offer peak performance.
Remember, though these tips can help maintain your AC, it’s always best to seek professional help for maintenance and repairs when necessary. At R.H. Witt, we are always ready and happy to help.
In conclusion, maintaining your air conditioner can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. With these DIY tips, you can keep your system running smoothly and your home comfortably cool all summer long. Stay cool and remember that help is just a phone call away!