Follow these three simple DIY air conditioner tips to help keep your system in tip-top condition this summer

Summer is all about having fun and enjoying the warm weather. But when it’s time to relax, the last thing you need is an A/C breakdown on a scorching hot day. Our pros recommend annual air conditioner maintenance—including a thorough inspection and tuneup—to keep your system in tip-top shape and avoid these frustrating breakdowns. Other benefits include:

  • Improved efficiency
  • Lower energy bills
  • Better circulation
  • Valid manufacturer’s warranty

While air conditioner tuneups are best left to the pros, there are a few things you can do on your own. Read through these air conditioner maintenance tips from the knowledgeable techs here at Seider Heating, Plumbing & Electrical to find out how you can give your system a boost this spring.

NOTE: Always shut off the power to your air conditioner before starting maintenance to avoid accidents or injuries.

Check Your Filter

If you can’t remember the last time you replaced your filter, it’s probably pretty dirty. You can tell a filter is past its prime if it’s gray and dusty. At this point, it’s no longer filtering pollutants out of the air. Instead, it’s slowing airflow and causing your system to overwork. Replace—or clean your filter if it’s reusable—now before it causes your system to break down.

Clean the Fins

Leaves, twigs, and other debris can get caught in air conditioner fins, blocking the airflow your system needs to run efficiently and effectively. To clean it, simply use a gentle stream of water from your garden hose to spray through the fins from the inside out. If your system seems especially dirty, special cleaning sprays are available.

Clear the Area Around Your Air Conditioner

When you’re done rinsing away debris, it’s time to clear the area around your unit. Trim back shrubbery and trees to provide at least two feet of clearance. This ensures your system gets the airflow it needs to operate effectively. You should also check to see if the unit is level—if not, rebalance it with rot-resistant shims.

If you have any questions about DIY air conditioner maintenance—or want to ensure the best results with a professional inspection and cleaning—just schedule an appointment today. In addition to Carrier® systems, we service all makes and models, and are happy to check your system for you.