Did you know there are a few things you can do yourself to prepare your air conditioner for summer?
It’s true! Taking these simple AC maintenance steps can help make sure that your air conditioner unit is ready to do its job, no matter how warm it gets outside this year.
Read on for some easy how-to instructions, and be sure to reach out to the Evanston air conditioning pros at Champion Services if you have any questions!
1) Clean the Condenser Coils
These are located inside the big box that makes up your outdoor AC unit. You can usually unscrew a few screws and remove that box, though you may need someone to help you do it. Buy a condenser coil cleaning kit at your local hardware store and follow the instructions on the packaging. You can also vacuum up any loose debris that you see on or around the coils.
2) Check the Slab Under Your AC Unit
Your AC unit needs to sit flat and this is usually achieved by placing a concrete slab beneath it. If yours has shifted, try prying it back into place and supporting it with some wood or metal. You may need to get it repoured, especially if it’s causing problems with your AC unit.
3) Look at the Coolant Lines
These lines that run between your home and your outdoor AC unit should be insulated. If the insulation has fallen off or is torn, replace it with new insulation from your local hardware store. This helps keep your coolant cold, which makes the unit run more efficiently and keeps your home as cool as possible
4) Change the Filter Regularly
You should change your filter as often as every month and no more than every three months. A clogged filter can mean that your AC unit is working a lot harder than necessary to pump cold air into your home, which means that it experiences more wear and tear and is more likely to break down sooner rather than later.
5) Visually Inspect All Wiring
Most of the time, you’ll be able to see wires between your outdoor AC unit and your home. These should have intact plastic coating and should all be connected somewhere. If you notice any problems, you may need to bring in a professional to check it out before you try to use your air conditioner this summer.
Need Professional AC Help in Evanston or the Surrounding Area?
You can always call us at Champion Services if you need help preparing your AC for summer or if you have questions about how it’s working. We are here for you!