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Top 5 Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips in Ontario

Inspecting your air conditioning system before summer hits is a good idea. Maintaining your AC unit properly can help keep it running efficiently and your home comfortable. Follow these helpful tips to get the most out of your air conditioner and ensure it’s in the best condition for the warmer weather.

Mind the Filters

Keeping your air conditioner’s filter clean and in good condition is essential for properly cooling your home and for energy efficiency. Replace the filter at least once a season, and clean it more often if you see that it’s clogged or dirty. Not only will this help cool your home properly, but it can also reduce your energy consumption and save you money.

Notice the Coils

The air conditioner’s coils, evaporator, and condenser can accumulate much dirt and debris over time. This can decrease the air flowing through and insulate the coils, hamper their performance, and make your home less comfortable. The blockage can even damage the compressor if this issue is not addressed. To prevent this build-up, inspect the evaporator coil at least once a year and clean it when necessary.

You can purchase foaming sprays from most hardware stores to clean your air conditioner coils. It is important to remember to shut the power off before you start the cleaning. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of cleaning the coils independently, consider hiring a professional experienced in HVAC maintenance.

Straighten the Fins

If the aluminum or copper fins on your air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils are bent, it can impede the unit’s performance. To fix this, you can get a fin comb, a special tool professionals use for air conditioning repair, to realign the fins.

Keep the Drains Clear

Verify the condensate drain lines for your AC unit are not obstructed. Your AC utilizes these lines to capture and discharge moisture from the air in your living space outside. Obstructed condensate drains may influence the performance of your air conditioner and cause an increase in humidity that can cause damage to your walls and carpets. If you have a newer model, it may have an alert system that signals when it’s time to clean the drains; older units may need to be manually examined.

To properly clean the condensate drain line, find the end of the pipe that exits your home or the sink it drains into if inside. Ensure you have a bucket and cleaning supplies like a scrub brush and disinfectant. Clean the pipe’s end and ensure it is clear of any dirt or debris. If the pipe is connected to a sink, make sure to clean the sink and disinfect it as well. Once the pipe and sink are clean, flush them with hot water and ensure no more blockages.

To clear out any blockage in your condensate drainpipe, attach a wet-dry vacuum and let it run for a few minutes. You can purchase a special adapter from a hardware store if your vacuum doesn’t fit directly onto the pipe. 

Or, you can use a drain snake or a long bristled brush to eliminate any debris stuck in the pipe.

In Closing

If you’ve tried all these tips but have yet to experience significant changes, hiring a qualified professional to service your system is time. A certified technician can detect extensive damage you may not know.

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