While you should make it a priority to schedule annual appointments with your HVAC contractor for general maintenance, there are several steps you can take in the meantime to benefit the system. To protect the longevity of your unit and ensure it runs efficiently, practice these simple tips.
How to Maintain Your Air Conditioner
1. Change the Air Filter
It’s easy to forget this step, but you must replace the air filter at least once every three months, or more often if you have pets. This vital component creates a barrier that prevents household pollutants, including dust, pet dander, and other debris, from circulating in the air. When it becomes clogged, those contaminants blow through the ducts and can settle on surfaces throughout the house. Moreover, the system will work harder than necessary to cool your home and drive up your utility costs.
2. Check the Outdoor Unit
Your outdoor unit will likely become blocked by general debris over time. Dirt, twigs, dust, grass, and grime can easily accumulate on the surface and inside the unit, affecting the unit’s functionality and preventing it from cooling efficiently. Clear the space around the system to avoid this, and leave at least three feet of clearance so your HVAC contractor has enough room for maintenance and repairs.
3. Inspect the Thermostat
Sometimes, your thermostat may not cooperate when you attempt to turn on the air conditioning system. This may be as simple a fix as switching it from "heat" to "cool" or changing the battery. However, if you have an older device, it's possible that it's simply not working efficiently anymore. You can improve the lifespan of your HVAC system by investing in a smart thermostat that can lower or raise the temperature when no one's home.
If you need a reliable HVAC contractor to inspect your heating and cooling system, turn to the team at Mull Bros Inc. in Wethersfield, CT. This company has offered a variety of services to residents throughout Hartford County since 1945, including air conditioning and heating repairs and installation. To find out more about how they can help you, visit their website. To schedule an appointment today, call (860) 529-8255.