Things You Can Do To Keep Your Air Conditioning Operating Properly

The air conditioner in your home does not require a lot of maintenance, but there are a few things you can do to ensure that it runs properly. Keeping up with the maintenance will help ensure that the system works properly when you need it, and runs efficiently all year. 

Clean Air Filters

The air filters are one item that you can maintain yourself and will have a dramatic effect on how well your air conditioning system functions. Dirty air filters will not allow enough air to enter the system and can cause the system to shut down. 

The filters are typically located inside the home and are easy to change. If you have pets in your home, the filters may need replacing more often, as well. If you need help getting the right filter for your air conditioning system, take the old filter to a home center or hardware store, and they can help you find a replacement.

Clean Up Around the Outside Unit

Most air conditioning systems have a portion of the system that is outside your home. Keeping grass, bushes, and other plants away from the unit will help ensure that air can get into the unit.

Take the time to trim around the air conditioning system when you cut the grass or trim around your home each week. If you see a plant growing into the air fins on the case of the air conditioning unit, pull the plants out and discard them. A plant inside the unit could get tangled in the belt or the electrical wires and cause the unit to shut down.

Clean the Air Ducts

While it is not possible to clean the entire length of the air ducts in your home yourself, you can vacuum off the vents and clean the ducts just inside the vents. If you have pets, hair and dander can settle in the system, then get spread through the home when the system comes on. 

Removing the vent and vacuuming inside the duct is an excellent way to cut down on dirty, dust, and hair in the system. Be careful, and only do what you can reach safely. Never push a vacuum hose in where you can't see it and remember to put the vents back in after you finish cleaning them. 

Leaving the vents off the ducts can allow things to get into the ductwork that should not be there, and may be attractive to curious pets or children, so be sure to replace them when you are done.

For more information about air conditioning maintenance, contact a company like Nathan's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.