During the peak of summer, your air conditioner must be in good condition to keep up with the rising temperatures, and this requires regular maintenance. Basic A/C maintenance helps to keep your system running efficiently and it prevents system problems that can lead to costly repairs or system failures.

Here are a few things you can do to prepare your system for the summer:

Have Your System Professionally Serviced

Near the beginning of the cooling season, you should have your HVAC contractor inspect your system and perform routine A/C maintenance. This will typically include cleaning the condenser and evaporator coils, changing the air filter, cleaning the blower fan, checking the refrigerant level, inspecting the electrical connections and lubricating moving parts. The process will make sure your system is prepared for summer and running efficiently, and it will protect the system’s warranty.

Check the Air Filter Often

Check your air filter at least once a month during the cooling season and change it as necessary. The air filter helps protect your system from damaging particulates in the air and helps to improve your indoor air quality. A clogged filter can allow dirt and dust to collect on the evaporator coil, which can reduce the system’s cooling ability and even lead to severe system damage.

Keep the Condenser Coil Clean

Poor airflow over the condenser coil can prevent your system from cooling properly and potentially allow the compressor motor to overheat and fail, an expensive repair. Keep the area around the condenser coils free of tall grass, furniture and other objects that can block airflow. Remove debris such as twigs and leaves from the condenser coil by hand, then use a garden hose to rinse the condenser clean.

Clean the Evaporator Coil Annually

Clean the evaporator coil of dust, hair and other debris by using a specialized coil cleaner or a combination of a soft brush and vacuum. This will improve your system’s efficiency, prevent cooling problems and system damage.

To schedule an A/C maintenance appointment for your system, contact our team at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, serving the Cincinnati area.