One of the main air conditioning maintenance tasks you should do is changing or cleaning your air filter. This vital part of the AC system clears dust and debris from the air, protecting the system itself from the dust and also improves the air quality in your home to keep you comfortable and healthy. Follow this cleaning process every one to three months as needed.
Where Is the Filter Located?
The air filter location will depend on the model. Though, it's usually located either at the return air duct or inside the blower compartment. If you can't find this component, have an air conditioning maintenance professional help you.
How Do You Maintain the Filter?
There are two main types of filters: reusable and disposable. The latter can simply be taken out when it gets clogged and replaced. There is a wide range of replacement options; for example, you can use one that’s HEPA® rated to remove pollen and bacteria from the air, or you can choose an inexpensive fiberglass option.
A reusable filter is made of more durable materials and has a plastic or metal frame. It needs to be carefully washed and disinfected. To do this, remove the screen from the air conditioner and vacuum away the visible dust and debris. Be careful not to press too hard on the delicate mesh. Next, submerge the mesh in soapy water and let it soak, or use a hose to spray both sides of the component until the water runs clean. To disinfect it, spray it with a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water, then let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing it with clean water. Finally, let the screen air dry before returning it to your AC.
If you need help with air conditioning maintenance or repairs, contact Glastonbury Burner & Boiler. Serving Hartford County, CT, for over 25 years, their licensed and certified technicians offer 24/7 emergency services. They will ensure that your system runs efficiently. To schedule an air conditioning maintenance appointment, call (860) 659-4120 or get in touch online.