What You Need to Keep Your AC Running Right

One of the most expensive things to replace in your home is the air conditioning system. Depending on what state you live in, you may even depend on this system to keep you comfortable, safe and alive during summer and winter months. This is particularly true in places where there are drastic weather changes such as Texas.

It is very important to make sure that your HVAC system is running both correctly and efficiently. By performing simple maintenance tasks in warm areas, you can avoid costly AC repair Austin, Texas.

Remove Debris 

For this, you will need to remove the cage of your outdoor AC unit. Turn off the power and remove the screws on the cage or grill. Carefully vacuum or remove any leaves or debris inside the unit. You will need to be very careful around the compressor, copper tubing and other sensitive parts. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, contract with an HVAC company Austin, Texas to do the maintenance for you.

Clean and Straighten the Fins

Carefully remove the outer covers and brush the fins clean. You can do this with a brush attachment and vacuum, or you can do it by hand. Straighten any of the fins that are bent with a knife or tweezers. Again if you do not feel comfortable doing this, call a reliable company to do it for you.

Clean the Evaporator Coil and Drain

Locate and clean the evaporator coil with an approved cleaner. These are sold at home supply stores and AC shops. Read your user’s manual to help you locate the coil and to find recommended brands of cleaner.

After the coil is clean, located and clean the drain. When this drain gets plugged with algae or other substances, it can cause major problems with your unit. There are cleaning tablets available, or you can just use a 50% solution of bleach to 50% water. This solution will kill any algae and help clear any problems inside the drain tube.

Change the Filter

You should change the filter every 1 to 3 months, depending on how hard your AC unit works. If it is on and running all the time, you may need to change it more frequently. This is simple to do and will extend the life of your air conditioner.

There is more to maintenance, but these are the basics. Check your user’s manual or hire an AC company to perform a full maintenance routine on your unit in the spring and fall.