Change the filters
One of the easiest ways to improve efficiency is to inspect your filter regularly. It’s good practice to check them monthly to make sure they’re not too dirty or clogged. The more contaminants that have built up, the harder it is for clean air to move through it. Then, your unit has to worked harder. Find out what size filter you have and how often it needs to be changed. The recommendation might be monthly or every six months depending on the filter type or thickness. How often your filter needs to be changed may also depend on allergies, the season, pets, or other air quality needs in your home.
Clean the condenser
Air conditioners work through an outdoor condenser that usually sits next to your home. Because it sits outside, it’s exposed to all the elements. Cottonwood, leaves, sticks or other items should be cleared out and cleaned off regularly to be sure air can flow freely around the unit. The units will naturally gather dust and dirt from the air, but other items may get stuck between the house and unit. To help, you should hose it down once a year at least and be sure to clean out any items that get lodged around it.
Clean the drain lines
HVAC units gather a lot of moisture from the air that can then accumulate in the drain lines of the system. If dirt, dust, or other contaminants get in as well, it all starts to create a clog. A blockage forces the unit to work harder, and it also allows the moisture to stick around too long. When that happens, you might start to see mold and algae form in the lines.
Schedule annual maintenance
Maintaining a clean unit will really help the overall longevity, but it’s also important to check that all the parts are working correctly. Typically, techs will also take care of those cleaning needs during the tune-up, and they have the right cleaning solutions as well. Annual HVAC maintenance services typically include:
- Checking for leaks
- Testing the fan, motor, and other electronic components
- Topping off refrigerant level
- Cleaning the coils
- Cleaning drain lines
- Changing the air filter
As techs are checking off those regular tasks, they also have the opportunity to spot any damage or repair needs.
It’s always the perfect time to get your annual maintenance done. This time of year, we can check both your heating and cooling systems to be sure everything is working now and in the cooler seasons to come! Binder Heating and Air Conditioning has been serving the Twin Cities metro for over 90 years, and we are well-versed in repairing all types of HVAC systems.