If you're using your cooling system more than normal lately, take a few minutes or so to maintain your indoor and outdoor units. Cooling units can experience a great deal of wear and tear during the summer. Some of this wear and tear can damage your system over time. Here are two very easy AC maintenance jobs you or someone else can do today.
Sweep Out the Air Handler Closet
The air handling closet stores or keeps your indoor unit safe and secure in your home. However, the closet can also build up with insects, dust bunnies, dead skin cells, and germs during the year. The evaporator coil in your air handling unit can suck in these contaminants during the summer. Eventually, the evaporator coil clogs up and stops cooling.
Take time to sweep out or vacuum the closet. If the flooring beneath the air handler contains debris, remove it as well. If possible, run a damp cloth over the walls inside the closet. The walls might contain small balls of dust, spiderwebs, and other debris. Don't forget to look under the air handling unit during your cleaning. Use a duster or rag to remove any debris you find beneath the unit.
Now, you can focus on cleaning your cooling system's refrigerant lines.
Give the Refrigerant Lines a Thorough Inspection Check
Refrigerant lines are some of the smallest and most important components in your air conditioning system. The lines keep the units healthy by absorbing, transferring, and releasing heat out of your air conditioning system. If the lines leak or build up with dust, the system might not receive enough refrigerant to work properly.
The first thing you want to do is check the lines for leaks. The best way to check for leaks is to listen out for them. The lines will hiss, whistle, or make another soft sound if they have some type of leak in them. If you can't hear the lines clearly, turn off your cooling system for a minute or two.
If you don't hear any strange noises coming from your refrigerant lines, go ahead and clean them off with a soft cloth. You want to clean off the lines inside and outside your house. If you do hear strange noises coming from your coolant lines, stop the inspection and call an HVAC contractor immediately. You may need to repair and recharge the leaking lines soon.
The maintenance tips above are only some of the things you might do to your cooling system this summer. If you need a more detailed maintenance check completed on your cooling system, call an air conditioning contractor for an appointment today.
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