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The Most Important Maintenance You Can Do: Right Now!

Air conditioning season is almost upon us, and homeowners are scrambling to get their homes ready for it. It’s tricky, HVAC technician’s have busy schedules around this time of year because of just how many neglected AC units are currently in disrepair that need to be jump-started for the summer. But did you know that there’s one crucial bit of maintenance that you could do right now, on your own?

It’s true! Don’t just take our word for it, keep reading down below as we get into one of the most important components in your AC system and how it can be easily cleaned and maintained by our customers without any background in HVAC.

Just remember that if your AC encounters additional issues, or problems with other components, then you should still call us for AC repair in Cedar Rapids.

The Filter: The Unsung Hero of Your AC

Your air conditioner’s air filter is an important component, even if it feels like it’s not. It protects the most sensitive parts of your air conditioner from some pretty serious contaminants, like dust, dirt, debris, and even certain pest droppings.

When evaluating the long-term efficiency of an air conditioner, there’s only so much you can determine without taking the air filter into account. The longer your system runs with a dirty air filter, the more money you’ll be paying in the long run.

You Can Change It on Your Own!

Yes, it’s that simple! Every air conditioner comes with a user manual, and our team is also available to answer calls and walk you through the process. We can even perform this task for you if you schedule maintenance with us.

The air filter is located in the return air duct and is either disposable or reusable. Once you know which category it fits in, you can just replace it on your own (as long as you make sure it faces the same way) and turn the system back on to feel the difference!

Reasons to Perform a Filter Change

Your air filter serves an important purpose in your air conditioner, but if it gets left unattended, there can be some serious problems. For instance, the dust and debris that would normally get caught up in your filter until it gets changed, can solidify into a hard block that stops all airflow from reaching the air conditioner. Not only does the system have to push harder to get air from your home, it will barely be able to cool that air as a result.

Imagine trying to breathe with a clump of dirt or hair stuck in your throat. It doesn’t sound like a pleasant experience, right? Your air conditioner needs to breathe and will run into issues if it can’t.

Plus, all of the extra stress this puts on your system will ruin its efficiency. It will start working harder, running cycles more often, and cost more in repairs when it should be saving you money over time.

All of this goes to show that you should change your filter regularly!

At Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc., your comfort is our promise! To set up an appointment in the Cedar Rapids area, give us a call at the number above, email or schedule an appointment online. 

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