Air Conditioner Maintenance

 To maintain your air conditioner is advantageous not only because it saves money and energy but also it increases the life span of the machine. If you are in the habit of maintaining your air conditioner on a regular basis you will soon realize that the need for costly replacement of parts have gradually dwindled. The best time to schedule the maintenance of your air conditioner is before the cooling season starts. However, one thing that you should remember is entrust the task of maintenance of your air conditioner to a reputed professional or else the results will not be up to the mark. Besides taking help from an HVAC professional is not a bad idea in addition to the maintenance activity that you carry on.

 If you are trying to do some of the maintenance activities the first thing that you should do is switch off the unit both externally and internally. It is never safe to work with an air conditioner when either the internal or the external power is turned on.

The second step is to remove debris from the filter and from the associated areas. You will need to use a screw driver for this particular purpose. When it comes to cleaning the first thing that comes to mind is the air filter. Try to clean it thoroughly. After this you can clean the coils with a cleaning agent specifically designed for this purpose. While cleaning the coils you need to keep in mind that the agent is limited only to the coils.

 Once such cleaning gets over you can put back the system in place and switch on the air conditioner to find how effective the exercise was. If required you can also repeat the process once again.

Besides these there are certain things that you can do as a homeowner to maintain great indoor air quality. They are the following:

• You need to keep in mind the manufacturer’s instruction while you clean or replace the air filters. This is because all units are not designed in the same way.

 • An easy way to stay away from allergens in the air is to maintain proper humidity levels. For that you need to ascertain that the pans and the coils of the humidification or the de humidification units are free from all kinds of debris.

• It is a good idea to clean return grills at a regular interval so that no dust gets accumulated at the duct or blocks the air filters.

• One should keep an eye for leaking ducts. If any kind of leaks are found action needs to be taken soon because that will give rise to air infiltration.

• It is important to maintain a balanced air within the room so that no negative pressure develops within. For this using a dedicated ventilation system seems a feasible option.

 The above mentioned steps are some of the things that you can do at home to keep your air conditioner in great condition. However, getting the help of a professional HVAC technician at least once a year seems a better option for the overall health of your air conditioner unit.