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What AC Maintenance Tasks Can You Do on Your Own?

We definitely live in more of a “do-it-yourself” atmosphere than we ever have before. There’s nothing wrong with tackling minor home projects on your own, when possible. It’s important to remember, however, that most air conditioning maintenance tasks should be left to the professionals for your safety and for the well-being of your HVAC system.

However, aside from the thorough annual inspection and cleaning that your HVAC professional will conduct during your maintenance appointment, there are other tasks that should be done throughout the year between your maintenance visits—even if you have two maintenance visits each year. These tasks—which you can and should do on your own—have been shared below.

Change Your Air Filter Regularly

The air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is designed to protect your unit’s inside components from dust, dirt, and other debris. Naturally, over time this filter can get clogged up. When that happens, the airflow into your home can be obstructed. Therefore, your air filter should be changed or cleaned at least every 1-3 months.

Clean Around Your Outside Condenser Unit

Your outdoor condenser cabinet is subject to dirt, debris, and even lawn clippings and mulch. Be sure to allow this outside cabinet room so that the condenser coil can appropriately release heat. Preventing dirt and grime from reaching your outdoor unit is the best way to protect it and your overall air conditioning system.

Ensure that Vents are Unobstructed

Check to make sure that all the vents in your home are open and aren’t blocked by furniture. Blocked vents will create a pressure increase within your ventilation system which can lead to costly air leaks and also decrease the performance of your air conditioner.

For professional air conditioning services in Evansdale, IA, contact Dalton Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. today. Your comfort is our promise!

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