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Your Summer AC Maintenance Guide

Maintenance Tips for Summer

Your AC is your gateway to a cool, comfortable summer season. Especially in Phoenix, we rely on our air conditioning to get us through some really sweltering weather. But an AC is not a set-it-and-forget-it type of appliance.

You need to keep up with maintenance when your AC is in its highest use (during summer). Maintenance keeps your AC running smoothly, reduces the need for repairs, and will help your unit last longer.

Here are the most important maintenance tips you can use this summer.

Change Your Air Filters

A great way to improve the performance of your AC is by changing out your air filters. These filters help reduce dust, debris, and other particles while air travels through your air conditioner (or furnace during the winter).

Over time, air filters get dirty from collecting debris, so you need to replace them. If you don't, your AC will work harder to push air through dirty filters, using up more energy and costing you more money each month.

Similarly, clean air filters filter out particles more efficiently, therefore improving your indoor air quality and reducing dust buildup.

New filters are inexpensive and can be picked up at any local hardware store. Depending on your use, you should change out filters every one to three months.

Clean Out the Condenser

The condenser is the outside portion of your air conditioner — the large unit that creates cool air and pushes it throughout your home. As you may notice, the unit is exposed to the elements and has large openings for accounting for airflow.

Before summer begins, clean out the condenser of any debris that may collect (leaves, branches, tools, balls, etc.). Likewise, check the condenser throughout the summer to make sure no new debris has entered the unit. Foreign items in the condenser can cause damage or hinder airflow. Even dust and dirt can have a negative impact on efficiency.

Also, make sure the condenser has not sustained any damage, especially if a storm has recently passed through. If the side panels are dislocated or the blade is dented, it can cause further problems down the road. And missing side panels can expose electrical components, which is a hazard.

Pro Tip: After cleaning out the condenser, take a wipe to your air vents and make sure they are clear of any furniture or other objects.

Watch Wires for Wear

Your AC is an appliance and has complicated wiring to make sure it runs efficiently and safely. Like any other appliance, safe wiring is crucial.

Throughout the summer, make sure the wiring connected to your AC is not frayed or broken. Also, make sure you have a dedicated circuit on your electrical panel for your AC.

Address Problems Right Away

During the inspections of your AC unit, you may discover that there are problems with performance or appearance. You must take care of any issues immediately by calling your local HVAC technician.

When problems are ignored, it not only leaves you without cool air, but damage can spiral and further harm your unit. This could lead to more costly repairs and a shorter lifespan.

Similarly, getting an annual tune-up will help cut down on potential repairs by getting your unit ready for peak season.

Your Summer AC Resource

Rainforest Plumbing and Air is the top choice for Phoenix families for all AC repair, installation, and maintenance needs. Let us help keep your home cool this summer. Contact us today at (602) 755-2995 for more information on how we can help you!