Maintaining your air conditioner is crucial. In order to increase the lifespan and maintain proper efficiency, follow my guidelines and implement these tips and tricks that I have learned in the field. You can be sure your heating and cooling system will return the favor by reducing breakdowns, keeping your electricity bill low, and outliving the manufacturer’s warranty.
Filtration is essential to keep your system running at peak performance. Dirty filters will kill your AC’s efficiency and eventually leave your evaporator coil impacted and cause your air conditioner to break down. The number of filters and their location will determine which type you choose.
My advice would be to change the filter once every 4 to 8 weeks during heating season, and every month during the months you use your air conditioner daily.
*Buy filters online in bulk to save money
Permanent Washable Filter
In the long term, the most cost effective solution to your filtration needs is a one time purchase of a washable filter. Just spray and clean filter when dirty as shown then set out to dry for 30 min.
One of the byproducts of your AC system is the moisture it removes from the air as it is cooling your home. This moisture increases depending on humidity and temperature. The more hot and humid the environment is, the harder your cooling system must work to remove it from the air, and the more water and minerals your air handler will need to evacuate from the system. This evacuation takes place through the drain line. Keeping your air handler’s drain line clean and clear can save you from a hefty repair bill. Continued clogs in your drain line can cause overflow of water, and damage to ceilings or floors. Left untreated, it may cause irreversible damage to your AC system itself.
This is one of the most common problems I encounter and the easiest to fix and prevent. Prevention is easily achieved by pouring drain line cleaner as shown. If you have a wet/dry vac you can also remove blockages from the outdoor PVC pipe.
Drain line cleaner
First, locate the drain line and remove cap. If you are not sure where it is located, you will find it originating from your Air Handler. You should be aware that this is the component of your system that is located indoors. The drain line will be found originating from the base of air handler. Pour entire bottle of drain line cleaner directly into the PVC pipe, but keep in mind for severe clogs it may take a few hours. Repeat 4 times per year to keep drain line free of clogs.
This light weight reversible, hand-operated pump generates enough pressure or suction to clear blocked lines from inside or outside a home or building. It can also be used to empty standing water from condensate pans, overflow pans, water heater pans, tubs and toilets.
Every day your outdoor air conditioning unit is besieged with falling leaves and debris that enter your system. Once inside your unit, these particles impede drains, filter, cause rust, and become a breeding ground for insects. Being in the field as a heating and cooling specialist I can tell you, this can dramatically reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner and lead to a break down. The Leaf Guard comes in many sizes and comes with adjustable straps to fit any unit.