One of the best ways to take good care of your air conditioning unit is by getting it serviced at least once a year by an air conditioning contractor. In addition to a yearly inspection, there are steps you can take to ensure that your air conditioning system doesn't break down.
#1 Keep Your Outside Unit Clean
It is easy to forget about the outside part of your air conditioning unit. You know what they say, out of sight, out of mind. However, you should actually keep a close eye on your air conditioning unit. When vegetation gets too close to your outside air conditioning unit, it can prevent the free flow of air around your unit that it needs in order to work correctly. That is why you should keep all vegetation and debris away from your outside air conditioning unit.
#2 Keep Your Air Filter Clean
Your air filter needs to be cleaned or replaced, especially when you are using your air conditioning unit a lot. How long your unit lasts depends on the quality of air inside and outside of your home. It is a good idea to check your filter every month from late spring through early fall when you are running your air conditioner the most. Checking on the air filter every month will ensure that you clean or change out your air filter in a timely manner.
A clean air filter will not only keep the air you breathe as clean as possible, a clean air filter will also help your air conditioning unit work as effectively as possible. When your air conditioning unit is working effectively, it will not wear down at the same rate.
#3 Keep Your Indoor Registers & Vents Clean
Next, make sure that you keep your indoor vents and registers clean. This shouldn't be that hard. You can vacuum the top and bottom sides of your indoor vents and registers. If they are really dirty, but a book or board over the opening, and soak the vent in some hot water to get it clean.
If you are able to, vacuum the entrance to the vent as well. Don't force your vacuum down the duct work, but clean at the entrance. This will help keep the air in your home that you breathe as clean as possible.
Make sure to have your HVAC specialist come out to your house at least once a year to formally inspect your unit. In between inspections, keep your outside unit clear of vegetation and debris, check and clean your filter, and keep your indoor vents and registers clean as well.