Make Sure Your AC Is Still Working at Its Best
Summer always seems to fly by—and this year is no exception. Before you know it, we’ll be saying our unofficial goodbye to summer at Labor Day picnics and replacing our summer wardrobe with fall clothes.
In the meantime, though, we all need to make the best of what’s left of summer. One way to do that is to make sure your air conditioning system is still operating at its best and keeping your house cool and comfy. To help you, we’ve prepared a short to-do list of August air conditioning maintenance. These things are fairly easy to accomplish and will provide you with peace of mind as summer winds down.
No. 1: Check your air filter.
Your AC’s air filter has been working awfully hard all summer long and could be bogged down with contaminants. How can you tell? It’s easy! If your air filter is discolored or covered in dust or hair, it’s time for a new filter. You should also change the filter if your indoor air isn’t as cool as it should be even though you have the thermostat set properly or if air isn’t flowing smoothly through your home.
No. 2: Examine the registers.
Check your HVAC system’s registers and return air grilles to make sure they’re not blocked or closed. When registers and grilles are blocked by dust and debris or are not fully open, your system’s airflow will be adversely affected. This impacts your cool comfort and could cause your system to overheat. You should also make sure furniture, rugs and other items are not affecting airflow from your vents.
No. 3: Don’t forget the outside equipment.
Your outside equipment might need a little TLC, too. Remove any grass clippings, twigs, dead leaves or other debris that might be on your unit. Trim any grass or other vegetation that’s grown around it, too. Make sure no outdoor furniture or items are close to your outdoor unit.
No. 4: Inspect drip pans and drain lines.
Drip pans and drain lines should be checked periodically to make sure there are no clogs. These areas can be breeding grounds for mold and algae, which can prevent the condensation that develops during the cooling process from being released. When condensation builds up, your cooling system can malfunction. Here’s how to remove clogs and condensate from drain lines: Turn off the power and use a wet/dry vacuum to remove water from the drip pan. Then, clean the drip pan with mild soap and put it back in place.
If you don’t feel comfortable handling any of these tasks, our team at Matheson will be happy to address them during a routine AC maintenance or service call. We’re also the company to trust in the Metro Detroit area for all of your heating, indoor air quality and plumbing needs.