Each year, you should take a few moments and follow some simple maintenance tips to make sure your central air conditioning is in good working order and being properly maintained. Following a few simple steps will help prevent it from suffering mechanical problems and ensure you are getting the best usage for your energy bills. Follow the tips detailed below so you know you are doing your part to protect your air conditioning unit and keep your bills down.
Clean the filter
You want to make sure you clean the filter before you turn the air conditioner on. If you have a reusable filter then you should take it out in the yard and rinse it with the garden hose. Allow it to dry before putting it back in. Along with taking care of the filter at the start of the season, you also want to check to make sure it's clean on a regular basis. If you live in a dusty region or have pets in your home, you'll want to be extra diligent about checking your filter often.
Dust all the registers
Dusting off all the registers before you turn on the air conditioner will prevent all the dust that's collected on them from blowing in the room. When the dust blows in the room, it can negatively affect anyone with allergies, make your home dusty faster and make its way into the filter you just cleaned.
Check the area surrounding the condenser
The condenser should be checked to make sure there isn't debris around it, or weeds and other foliage growing near it. Anything that's within a couple of feet from your condenser should be cleared away. Otherwise, dust and debris can make its way in the condenser and clog up the fan.
Check the air flow
As soon as you turn on the air conditioner for the first time, you should go into each room and check the registers. Make sure they are all open and that the same amount of cool air is coming through them. If you notice one of the registers isn't blowing out as much air, there may be a leak along that part of the vent or there could be a blockage inside the vent. This will require the assistance of an HVAC technician.
It's also a good idea to have an HVAC technician from a company like Snipps Heat & Air Inc come out and check the system. They can make sure everything is running correctly and verify there are no leaks.