10 Easy Steps to Keep Your Air-Conditioning Unit Running Smoothly

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Regular cleaning and maintenance will save you money and extend the life of your heat pump or HVAC unit.

Keep your air-conditioner (AC) maintained and you’ll not only save money on energy, but you’ll also extend its lifespan, saving money on costly early replacement. Dave Moody, HVAC pro from Service Experts, says, “An AC needs regular attention to be sure it’s operating at the highest efficiency.” The best time to use these tips is just before each cooling season begins.

Your Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning system (HVAC) will consist of either a furnace and AC or a heat pump, which both heats and cools. Both types will have an interior unit (evaporator and blower) and an exterior unit (condenser coil and compressor). These instructions apply to a whole-home air-conditioning or heat pump unit.

  1. Shut Off The Power
  2. Remove Debris
  3. Clean The Fins
  4. Straighten The Fins
  5. Clean Area Around The Unit 

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  6. Level the Unit
  7. Clean the Evaporator Coil
  8. Clean a Plugged Evaporator Drain
  9. Change The Blower Filter
  10. Turn The Power Back On

While these steps will help to keep your AC system in top shape, be aware that there are maintenance items that only a trained HVAC technician will be able to do. The bottom line? While some AC maintenance can be done by a savvy homeowner, it’s still necessary to have an expert technician check the system periodically.

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