Spring weather has arrived in Saint Louis, MO, which means that it’s time to cross off some tasks on your spring AC maintenance checklist. In addition to scheduling a professional tune-up for your air conditioner, there are some things you can do in order to get a head-start on preparing for the summer. Here are three actions you can take right now in order to keep your air conditioning system well-maintained.
Check and Replace the Air Filter
According to the Department of Energy, the most important action you can take in order to maintain your air conditioning system this spring is check and replace its air filter. Check the filter every 30 days. At minimum, replace it every 90 days. If your household includes furry pets, a smoker or if you use the constant fan function of the system, change the filter every 30 days.
Clean the Coils
Outdoor condenser coils get dirty quickly, especially if there are trees nearby. Power off the air conditioning system at the circuit breaker. Use your garden hose to wash the dirt and grime off the unit. Trim tree branches, shrubs, grass and other vegetation away from the condenser unit. The unit needs at least three feet of clearance in every direction. You may need to trim these every couple of weeks throughout the growing season in Saint Louis.
Scour the Condensate Drain
The dark, moist environment of the condensate drain is a prime location for biological and algae growth. These organisms cause a film of buildup in the drain. If the drain becomes obstructed, the water that condenses out of your home’s air could back up into the air conditioning system, causing it to fail. About once each month, use a stiff wire brush to scour the drain pipe. Rinse it with diluted bleach, then replace it.
For more information about springtime AC maintenance for your home, check out C & G Heating & Cooling’s air conditioning maintenance services, or call(314) 254-9196.