What You Need To Know About Air Conditioner Maintenance

July 07, 2017

Now that July is here our Seattle summer is off to a start!  If you have AC in your home, you’ll want to be sure it stays running though the hot days ahead.  Read here what you need to know about maintaining your home’s air conditioner.

  1. Routinely replace or clean your home’s air conditioner filters.  A dirty or clogged air filter will significantly reduce you home’s A/C efficiency.  In fact, by regularly replacing your A/C air filter, you can lower your energy consumption by 5-15%.  It is recommended that you replace your home’s A/C filter every 1-2 months during the summer season, or more frequently in cases of heavy use or if you have pets in the home.
  2. Clean your air conditioner coils.  Regularly replacing your a/c’s filter will help keep your air conditioner coils clean, but over time the evaporator coils and condenser coils will collect dirt. Dirty A/C coils will reduce the air flow through your home’s air conditioner, reduce it’s efficiency and is a set up for malfunction and needed repair.  It is recommended that you clean your A/C coils yearly.
  3. Clean the condensation drain lines.  The air conditioner condensation drain removes condensation that is produced in the A/C coils.  Over time, these drain lines can get dirty or get a build up of mold in them.  Regularly cleaning the condensation drain lines will help reduce humidity in your home, reduce musty odors, and prevent water damage caused by leaks.  
  4. Check the window seals.  If you use an A/C unit, before the summer heat starts to rise, check the seal between the A/C unit and your window frame.  A faulty seal will significantly reduce your air conditioner’s efficiency.
  5. Know when to hire a professional.  If your Seattle air conditioner needs more than regular maintenance, or if you are uncomfortable performing regular A/C maintenance yourself, hire a professional service technician. A well-trained technicians here at NW Mechanical will find and fix problems in your air conditioning system.  Contact us today! 

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