With summer approaching, you know that the hot days are not far behind – which means your air conditioner needs to be in top form to keep you cool all season. Of course, for some air conditioning systems (such as the central AC), it is best to have a specialist come and inspect the unit, inspect the trash, and make sure it is working properly. But if you have a portable AC unit or window you can clean it and repair it without spending money .
“Companies have to go out and do hard work with them, but in the meantime, there are equipment which can help in repairing that people can follow,” said Dave Mejean, HVAC manager at B&W Plumbing and Heating Co., Inc., Angie’s Retailer List. “It’s like a car: You have to have your machine set up, but there are still things you can do to make sure it works, too.”
Whether you have a medium-sized air conditioner or a window sill, check out these five air conditioning tips you can easily make to prepare for the summer heat.
How to Change Filters
“Cleaning and / or changing filters is a priority,” Mejean said. “Every air conditioner has an air filter, and if you don’t change or clean it, the airflow will be weak and ineffective.” Closed filters (and coils, which we will be getting to in a minute) force your AC unit to work harder and use more energy to cool your home – that is more expensive for you without bringing results.
In the central parts of the AC, Mejean recommends that the filter be checked every 30 to 60 days to see if it is dirty or dusty – a way of life makes a big difference, because people with children or pets may have to change it every month, and those without it have too many visitors or animals may need to rotate every two to three months. Mejean recommends installed filters that include dirt and dust well.
For a window, wall installation, or portable air conditioner, open the air conditioner according to the manufacturer’s instructions and remove the filter to clean it. “I would recommend that it be cleaned every two weeks,” said Giacomo Calzavara, Executive Director of JMATEK North America, who owns a license for Honeywell’s portable cooling products. Cleaning: “Remove the filter, rinse it with lukewarm, soapy water. After setting the filter completely dry, return it to the unit.”
How to Clean Coils
Coils help to move hot and cold air, so make sure they are not covered with dust. In a central ventilation system, you can easily clean the outer condenser wing before hiring a specialist to inspect all other parts. “Look at this unit and see if there is any dirt, grass cuttings, whicn can block the outer wings,” Mejean said. “Close the unit and spray it carefully with a hose, making sure there is no water box.” Let ,it dry completely before putting it back.
For windows and portable units, turn on the air conditioner to access the internal coils. “Clean any dirt from the air conditioner coils with a brush or soft cloth, and then clean any excess dirt with a spray bottle filled with a little soapy water.” Try adding a little bath soap or soap to the bottle if it is difficult to remove the debris – but not so much soap that it becomes very turbulent. Window units also have external wings on the back that you can clean in the same way.
Make sure There is No Blocking Unit
“Airflow is very important in cooling systems, so make sure there are no beds, blankets, clothing, books, or other items that block unit vents,” Mejean said. With your outdoor unit cooling unit, Mejean proposes to leave at least a 12-inch perimeter around.
Always Check for Common Problems
Weak airflow, frozen coils, and leaks in all types of units may indicate a blockage in your air conditioner or tight filter. Leaks in the central air conditioner can also suggest that its pumps and tubes may be damaged or blocked, which means it is time to drive the processor. “Freon doesn’t age and will last forever, so when Freon’s standards are low, it’s rewarding,” Mejean said. “In that case, there will be a need for a specialist to come in and check the cause of the leak in the air conditioning unit or window.”