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How to Maintain Your Air Conditioner for Peak Performance Year-Round

Keeping your air conditioner in top shape is essential for ensuring it runs efficiently and effectively throughout the year. At Airworks Heating and Cooling, we believe that regular maintenance not only extends the life of your unit but also helps maintain a comfortable and healthy home environment. Here are some essential maintenance tips and tricks to keep your air conditioner running at peak performance year-round.


1. Regularly Clean or Replace Filters

Dirty filters can significantly reduce your air conditioner’s efficiency by obstructing airflow and causing the unit to work harder. Here’s how to manage your filters:

- Frequency: Check your filters every month during peak usage seasons (summer and winter) and clean or replace them at least every three months. If you have pets or live in a dusty area, consider more frequent checks.

- How to Clean: For reusable filters, remove and wash them with mild detergent and water. Allow them to dry completely before reinserting. Replace disposable filters as per the manufacturer’s instructions.


2. Check and Clean the Coils

Over time, the evaporator and condenser coils collect dirt, which can reduce their ability to absorb and dissipate heat. To maintain efficiency:

- Annual Cleaning: Clean the coils at least once a year. Use a soft brush or vacuum to remove dirt and debris. For heavy build-up, you may need a professional cleaning service.

- Surrounding Area: Ensure there is at least two feet of clearance around the outdoor unit. Remove any debris, leaves, or grass that could obstruct airflow.


3. Inspect the Refrigerant Levels

Proper refrigerant levels are crucial for your air conditioner’s performance. Low refrigerant levels can indicate a leak and cause the unit to work inefficiently. Here’s what to do:


- Professional Check: Schedule a professional to check and refill refrigerant levels annually. If you notice your air conditioner isn’t cooling as effectively, it might be due to low refrigerant.

- Leak Inspection: If a refrigerant leak is detected, it should be repaired immediately by a licensed technician from Airworks Heating and Cooling to prevent further damage.


4. Clean the Condensate Drain

A clogged condensate drain can prevent your air conditioner from reducing humidity, leading to excess moisture and potential water damage. To keep the drain clear:

- Regular Inspection: Check the condensate drain periodically to ensure it’s not clogged.

- Cleaning: Use a stiff wire to clear any blockages. Alternatively, flush the drain with a mixture of bleach and water to remove any build-up.


5. Inspect and Maintain the Fan

The fan that blows air over the evaporator coil and the condenser coil should be in good condition for optimal performance.

- Check Blades: Inspect the fan blades regularly for any cracks or damage and clean them to remove dust and dirt.

- Lubrication: Some older models may require the fan motor to be lubricated annually. Check your unit’s manual for specific instructions.


6. Seal and Insulate Ductwork

Leaky ducts can lead to a significant loss of cooled air, making your air conditioner work harder. To ensure efficient operation

- Inspect Ducts: Periodically inspect your ductwork for any leaks or disconnections.

- Seal Leaks: Use duct tape or mastic sealant to seal any visible leaks.

- Insulation: Ensure that the ducts in unconditioned spaces (like attics) are properly insulated to prevent energy loss.



7. Schedule Regular Professional Check-Ups

Even with regular at-home maintenance, it’s essential to have a professional technician from Airworks Heating and Cooling inspect your unit annually. During a professional check-up, technicians can proide:

- Thorough Inspection: Perform a comprehensive inspection of your air conditioning system to identify and address any potential issues.

- Tune-Up: Provide necessary tune-ups to improve efficiency and performance.

- Expert Advice: Offer recommendations for any repairs or upgrades that might be needed.



By following these maintenance tips, you can ensure your air conditioner runs efficiently and effectively year-round. Regular maintenance not only helps in extending the life of your unit but also improves its performance and reduces energy costs. For expert assistance and professional maintenance services, trust Airworks Heating and Cooling. Contact us today to schedule your annual check-up and keep your home comfortable in every season.


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