When it comes to air conditioning maintenance, there are a couple of things you can do at home to keep your AC unit running smoothly. Doing so will help keep your air conditioning system in good working condition and extend the time between necessary tune-ups and service repairs.

First of all, you’ll want to make sure that there isn’t anything obstructing the airflow into a condensing unit located outside. When airflow is obstructed by leaves, lawn furniture, or anything that can prevent airflow, it makes the whole system work harder and increases the chances of individual components within the compressing unity failing and needing replacing.

Secondly, you’ll want to make sure that all of the access panels are properly secured. Rodents and other animals may try to get in for shelter or in search of food and cause some serious damage.

Change any filters regularly. A dirty air filter reduces airflow, increases the chances of overheating and component failure. Disposable filters should be replaced, while electronic or electrostatic filters should be cleaned at least once every couple of months.

Last, but definitely not least, be sure to have your entire system checked twice a year. Once before summer hits to make sure your air conditioning is clean and up for the challenge that summer brings and again in the fall, to make sure your heater is more than capable of keeping you and your loved ones warm come the dark and cold months of winter.

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