Air conditioners require regular maintenance in order to work effectively. If you neglect to properly maintain your unit, its function will steadily decrease while energy use will steadily increase.
This article outlines everything you need to know about air conditioner maintenance.
The number one (and most obvious) task you need to complete regularly to ensure your air conditioner is working up to its full potential is cleaning or replacing your filters. A clogged filter will reduce airflow, significantly effecting efficiency. Keeping the filter clean can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5%–15%.
A clean filter will also prevent filth and grime from quickly soiling your air conditioner’s evaporator coil, but this will not prevent your coil from eventually collecting dirt over time. No matter what you do, your coil will get dirty. So it is important to periodically clean your evaporator coil. You should perform this routine maintenance at least once a year.
It is also important to pay particular attention to the coil fins, which are easily bent. This can block airflow through the coil. You can purchase a tool called a “fin comb” to help comb these fins back into nearly original condition.
These are just a few of the ways you can make sure your air conditioner works up to its full potential for years to come. For more helpful tips, contact Fresh Air Concepts by calling 301-498-4001 or click here today!