DIY Air Conditioning Maintenance
Routine air conditioning tune-ups are necessary for keeping your A/C running reliably for years to come, and you can get the most out of those tune-ups by providing your own at-home maintenance between them.
To be sure your air conditioning unit has the chance at the best and the longest possible lifespan, be sure to provide the following DIY services to your A/C unit between tune-ups:
Keep an Eye on the Air Filter
Your air conditioning's air filter helps to filter out harmful particles as your A/C circulates air throughout your home. If the filter takes on too many of those particles, though, it could clog, reducing your A/C's airflow. To keep your air conditioning flowing well, check your filters regularly and replace them when they get too dirty.
Don't Clutter Up the Area Near Your A/C Unit
Your exterior air conditioning unit needs to be unobstructed so that it can breathe and function its best. Yes, an air conditioning unit won't help your lawn win any "most beautiful" awards, but that doesn't mean you should try to hide it with fencing or anything like that. Instead, give is a foot or so to work its best.
Don't Just Run Your A/C Constantly
When the summer months are at their hottest, you might be tempted to crank the A/C and keep it running for weeks and even months on end to keep your home as cool as can be. But you need to resist that urge. Running your air conditioning nonstop can cause some pretty nasty wear, so instead, you should set it to "auto" and let it run its most efficient.