Air Conditioner Maintenance Tasks Dallas Homeowners Can Tackle

Like most complex equipment, your air conditioner requires special maintenance. Scheduling a spring tune-up through your HVAC consultant is a great way to keep your A/C in top form. Several of the tasks the technician performs during annual air conditioner maintenance visits require expertise and training, but a few can be tackled by the homeowner with basic knowledge of how the A/C runs.

Here are some tasks you may want to perform before your technician arrives.

  1. Replace or clean your air filter. A dirty air filter is the greatest reason for an air conditioner’s poor performance. Change the filter at least every month during the hot weather. If you have a reusable filter, clean it regularly.
  2. Air seal your home. No matter the time of year or season, you don’t want conditioned air leaking outdoors or heat/cold from outdoors seeping in. Use weatherstripping around doors and also caulk around windows to prevent air leaks.
  3. Check your outdoor condenser for leaves and debris. Remove sticks, leaves, weeds, grass clippings or other obstructions within a two-foot radius of your outdoor condenser. Check it often for new obstructions and debris.
  4. Check the condensate drain. Located in the indoor side of your air conditioner, condensate drains are known to be difficult to gain access to, particularly if the A/C is in an attic. Ask your HVAC technician if you are not sure where it is. Your A/C draws in dust, dirt and other particulates as it brings in air, and some of that may clog your condensate line. If you can easily access the line, run a stiff wire through it to dislodge debris to create a free flow of condensation into the drain pan.
  5. Check the coils for dirt buildup. There’s a condenser coil outside and an evaporator coil inside. Check your manual for access details to them and use a foaming cleanser to clean them. Use a fin comb (found at most home improvement stores) to straighten bent fins.

Learn more about air conditioner maintenance from the experts at Airtron Heating and Air Conditioning.


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