Q. What maintenance can a homeowner do on their own to help keep their air conditioner running well through the summer months?
A. Homeowners can do several things to keep their air conditioner running smoothly through the summer months and everyone inside the home cool and comfortable.
-First, before running the unit, clean off your air conditioner so that there is no debris, leaves, covers, lawn care products etc. on or around it. This will make sure that it can get enough air to run through the unit and cool the home. This is important because many people think that in the winter they need to put a cover over the unit or otherwise try to protect it from the elements. Generally this is not the case as the unit is designed to be outdoors in the elements. SO, make sure that the air conditioner is clear of debris and that is the first step.
-Second, run the unit for a little while at the beginning of the season. This lets you know that it is working and you won’t find your self waiting in line on a hot day for the HVAC company to come and repair or replace your unit. A little prevention goes a long way.
-Third, Change the filters regularly. This makes sure that your filters are not restricting air flow and in the worst case scenario could cause your evaporator to freeze up. Replacing the disposable filters and cleaning the electrostatic style will go a long way to keep your air conditioner running smoothly.
By taking these three steps you go a long way to keeping your air conditioning unit running well so that it keep you and your family comfortable in the hot Minneapolis summer months. One additional thing that can and should be done is to have a qualified minneapolis heating and air conditioning contractor come out and check your unit and do routine maintenance this time of the year. While it will not guarantee that your unit will work properly all year long, most small problems can be caught before they grow into large and expensive ones.
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