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Homeowner Maintenance Steps for Air Conditioners

As a homeowner, there are steps that you need to complete monthly for your air conditioner. The steps can make a huge difference in how long your air conditioner lasts or doesn’t. Keeping up with homeowner maintenance can mean that your air conditioner has a longer-than-average lifespan. 

Skipping out on homeowner maintenance, on the other hand, can mean that your air conditioner won’t last as long as it should. You can keep reading to learn more about three homeowner maintenance steps that you should be completing each and every month. Then give our team a call to schedule your appointment for professional AC maintenance in Evanston.

Change the Air Filter

Your first step each month should be to check out the air filter. Even if you have an air filter that is rated to last longer, it’s a good idea to check on it each month when you are already completing maintenance for your home. If the air filter is particularly dirty, go ahead and change it out with a new filter. Allowing a dirty filter to stay in place can block airflow and put strain on your air conditioner.

If your air filter is only rated to last a month, this is increasingly important. We recommend that you write the date on the edge of the air filter so you know exactly when you put it into place. Then create an alert or a reminder so you don’t forget to change out the air filter when the time comes around again. You can mark the date on your calendar or set a reminder on your phone, whatever works for you.

Clean the Condensate Drain Line

Your next step is to clean out the condensate drain line, another task you should complete monthly. Make certain you know how to find the condensate line. Then, pour in around half a cup of vinegar and replace the cap again. 

Vinegar helps to rinse away any dust and dirt clinging to the inside of the condensate drain line. It also destroys mold particles to reduce the chances of a condensate drain line clog. If a clog does develop, water can back up and spill out into your home, causing water damage and increasing humidity levels around your house.

Check the Outdoor Unit

It’s also a good idea to walk outside and visually inspect your outdoor air conditioning unit. This unit is exposed to the weather and elements around the clock all year long. Leaves and other debris can get stuck in the delicate fins, and the unit also tends to get clogged with dirt. 

You can gently remove any debris and straighten out any fins that are bent. Then rinse your unit down with gentle water pressure using a water hose. This helps to ensure optimal airflow so that heat can be released and aid in cooling your home adequately. 

Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning is your trusted resource for Chicagoland area home services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for AC maintenance!

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