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Homeowner Maintenance Checklist for Air Conditioners

You’ve probably heard the term “spring cleaning.” If you are creating a checklist for tidying up your home ahead of the spring season, we have some items that you can add that will benefit your air conditioner. It’s a great idea to take a look at your air conditioner both inside and out to make sure that it is ready to keep your home cool this spring and summer. 

If you notice anything unusual during your AC checkup, you can call our team to schedule an appointment for AC maintenance in Wylie, TX. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn about the steps that you should take to get your air conditioner ready for spring and summer.

Change the Air Filter

Your first step should be to check the intake area where air comes into your AC. If you still have the same old filter in place from last year, go ahead and change it out. Make sure you note on your air filter whether it needs to be changed once a month or every three months, because this can vary.

It’s also a good idea to write the date on the filter, so you know exactly when you put it into place. Then use your calendar or phone to create a reminder of when the air filter needs to be changed out. Ideally, you should check it a little sooner, and if it is particularly dirty, go ahead and replace it with a clean filter.

Clean the Condensate Drain Line

Your next step is to rinse out the condensate drain line onto your air conditioner. The condensate drain line is where your air conditioner collects humidity from the air and channels it outside as droplets to help your home feel more comfortable.

Unfortunately, the condensate drain line is very prone to mold growth. In addition to this being dangerous for your home and family, mold growth can also contribute to condensate drain line clogs that lead to leaks and water damage. By pouring some vinegar into the condensate drain line once each month, you reduce the chances of a mold infestation by destroying those spores.

Check the Outdoor Unit

It’s also a good idea to take a close look at the outdoor portion of your air conditioner. It’s easy for leaves and sticks to blow into the unit and get trapped between the fins. Gently brush away debris and straighten any fins that were bent. You can even select a gentle water pressure on your hose and use it to rinse out dirt buildup. 

This can help your air conditioner release heat outside more effectively to boost cooling and even save you on your monthly energy costs. And it’s not just a step to complete as a part of spring maintenance. You should be checking your outdoor unit and completing the steps above at least once each month for the best results.

Contact Mr. Air Repair today to schedule an appointment with our professionals and reap the rewards of a more efficient and reliable HVAC system.

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