Plummeting temperatures signal a well-needed break for your air conditioner. Even though you’re not using your A/C system this season, it’s still crucial to give it the care and attention it needs through regularly scheduled maintenance.
Here are a few things you can do to keep your air conditioner in peak condition:
- Keep your condenser unit free of all fallen leaves, overgrown foliage, dirt and debris. These potential obstructions can easily block airflow from reaching the condenser coil and other parts of the A/C system.
- Clean your evaporator and condenser coils. Both can accumulate dirt and grime over time, preventing the unit from absorbing and releasing latent heat. For the condenser coil, a simple rinse with a garden hose can suffice. For the evaporator coil, use a foaming, no-rinse cleaner specifically formulated for use on evaporator coils for the best results.
- Cover your A/C unit to prevent leaves and other debris from accumulating within. Use a sheet of plywood to cover the condenser fan vent or cover the entire unit with a specially-designed mesh cover.
- Always change or clean your air filter before giving your A/C system a break. A simple filter change can promote better performance and energy efficiency.
- Inspect your A/C system’s condenser drip pan for cracks as well as rust and corrosion, if it’s made of metal. You should also check and, if necessary, clean the condensate drain lines to avoid clogs and other flood-causing build-up.
To learn more about caring for your air conditioner this fall and beyond, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. We proudly serve Monmouth County, New Jersey, and the surrounding area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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