Summer is quickly approaching, and with it comes the uncomfortable summer heat not everyone loves. That’s why we’ve gathered four easy AC maintenance tasks that will help you keep your Goose Creek, SC home comfortable, and your air conditioner working efficiently throughout the season.
Check Your Air Filters
HVAC filters are the heart of your system. They work by trapping pollutants and preventing them from re-entering your home. If too much time goes by without changing your filter, this buildup of contaminants can get clogged and prevent your system from circulating air efficiently.
As a result, your air conditioner will have to work harder to cool your home, which can lead to a potential breakdown. We recommend checking your HVAC filter every month and changing them as needed, which is normally every 30 to 90 days.
Clean the Outdoor Unit
The saying goes: Out of sight, out of mind, right? As homeowners, that’s normally what happens with the outdoor part of our HVAC system. A simple maintenance task that can help you avoid future heartaches is clearing out any dust, debris, or leaves from the outdoor unit. Ensure there are at least two feet of unobstructed space around your system’s components for maximum efficiency.
Check the Condensate Line
The second part of your outdoor unit maintenance should be to check on the condensate line. This is the pvc white pipe that usually exits your home by the compressor. Take a look at this pipe and make sure it is dripping when the AC is on. If it’s not dripping, it could mean the line is clogged, which can cause your system to stop cooling—something no one wants in the middle of a summer day.
If your condensate line is clogged, you can use a stiff, thin brush and push it into the drain line to clean it. If you’re comfortable, you can use a shop vac to extract a buildup that may be clogging the pipe. If this doesn’t work, then it’s important to contact a professional.
Schedule Professional Maintenance
Now that your regular AC maintenance tasks are taken care of, it might be time to consider a more in-depth check before summer starts. Scheduling professional maintenance is vital to ensure your system remains in top-notch condition throughout the season.
Our Comfort Club services include tasks like testing and tightening electrical connections, calibrating your thermostat, checking refrigerant levels, cleaning the coils, among others. Learn more by contacting our experts at Acute Heating & Cooling today.