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When summer is in full swing, you’ll want to be sure your air conditioning is working at its peak. One of the most frustrating things that can happen is if it’s a boiling hot day and you want to relax inside but the AC is not working. That’s why even if you have a newer AC, it’s always a good idea to make sure everything is running as smoothly as possible. Here are some simple tips for making sure your air conditioner is performing as it should:
Check the filters every month or so. Old filters can cause your system to overheat and reduce its efficiency. That’s why by consistently checking up on the filters of your AC unit, you can ensure that the AC will continue to work properly. You’ll want to check primarily for any dust that may have accumulated inside the vents to ensure the aircon is operating at maximum capacity, especially dust that may have accumulated on the unit over the cold winter months. While you’re checking behind the filter as well, it’s worth checking to see if there is any ice build-up. Ice build-up with AC units is quite common and occurs from overuse of the AC machine which can reduce the overall performance and energy efficiency of your unit. To check, simply open the filters of your unit and look for an ice build-up.
Find out what type of refrigerant your AC uses and replace it if necessary
Not all refrigerants are compatible with all kinds of indoor units. For instance, some refrigerants will damage the compressor that you use for your air conditioner, especially if it’s an old unit. So if you’re looking to upgrade, you’ll need to make sure that the new compressor is compatible with the type of refrigerant your AC currently utilizes.
Always keep the outside unit clear from debris that could limit airflow or clog up the fins on the coils
You’ll also need to make sure that the exterior unit is clear of any debris that could limit airflow or clog up the fins on the coils. You should also check to make sure that nothing has collected near or underneath the outdoor unit. This is obviously to make sure that the aircon is performing at an optimal performance level and that it’s transferring the cold air as effectively as it can, but it’s also for health reasons as well. Health conditions vary from person to person like allergies or asthma, so when it comes to sharing the same environment, make sure it’s a safe and healthy space for all.