Five DIY Tips To Save You Money & Boost Your Air Conditioner's Efficiency
As the spring approaches it is time to start thinking AC! As the spring air starts to warm us, we start thinking about starting those units up for the first time of the year. Here are some proactive DIY steps any homeowner can take to maximize the life of your unit while ensuring that it is running to its fullest potential.
Be sure to frequently change air filters to ensure your system is doing what it is supposed to do, providing clean and comfortable air. Dust and air particle build up within a filter can lead to a unit overworking itself. Therefore, decreasing the life length of the unit and leaving you with higher utility bills. You can refer to the units manufactures filter changing schedule to maximize your unit's health and maximize the life.
Clean Your AC Condensate Drain Line-
Many people overlook this but it can actually become one of your biggest problems. Just as any industrial machine does, Air Conditioners have some type of discharge as well. That just happens to end up being water. It is crucial to be sure to frequently check your AC drain line from the indoor coil going out and be sure no waste has built up to stop the flow of draining water. Over time dust and debris can build up in that line if it does the water can back up and end up draining inside the unit. This can cause catastrophic damage and even render your unit useless.
Clean Your Outdoor Condensing Unit-
After a long winter, it is a very good idea to walk outside and do a little "spring cleaning" around your unit. Make sure no limbs fell on or around it. Make sure nothing is restricting air flow in close proximity to the unit. Clean leaves and other small pieces of nature that may have fallen inside. Let's face it these AC units are not cheap. You keep your refrigerator nice and clean an outdoor AC unit is just as important of a home appliance. So why would you not treat it like one?
Clean Your Indoor Evaporator Coil-
Another key point to check before starting that system up is the indoor coil. The coil is the heart of cooling as a part of a complete gas system. With that being said it also one of the places in a system to build up dirt and debris fastest. You have to remember the coil is receiving air flow that is forced through it anytime the system is running. So obviously it is going to be a key point for buildup. Be sure to open up the coil and remove and clean any debris.
Use Dryer at Night-
Many people do not realize this but the way we dry our clothes has an impact on our AC systems. You may not realize this but as you dry your clothes it actually is blowing out the air of the home. This causes more air to obviously be drawn into your home. If it is warm outside, that warm air is being sucked in therefore making the Air Conditioner work harder and the home hotter.
Some AC Tune Up Items Are Better Left To The Professionals
Checking Refrigerant Levels
Checking All Electrical Connections
- Professionally Clean The Condenser Coils
Still Having Issues?
If all these steps are taken and issues are still found or it seems the unit simply will not fire up we can help! At this point, you are at a crossroad of repairing the unit or to replace the unit (remember any unit over 12 years of age should probably be replaced with a more efficient up to date 410a system.) Isolating and solving AC issues promptly especially if your problem takes place during those super-hot summer months or during the frigid winter is very important to YOU. Therefore, at DIY Comfort Depot it is our #1 priority to provide you with multiple replacement options to fit a range of wants & needs at unmatched prices & speeds! Schedule your free in-home measure today so we can have your equipment going in tomorrow solving your urgent heating and cooling needs!
Author: Chandler Dowling
Work does not feel as much like a job when your job is to help people! I love people and I love providing smiles. Working with DIY I get to do just that. No matter your HVAC needs we have you covered! Simple, fast and easy is how we keep it and how you like it!