Summer Cooling Maintenance Tips

Jul 18 2015

 

Summer is here, which means it’s time to start turning on those air conditioners and swamp coolers. Our air conditioners and swamp coolers work extremely hard during this time and with this heat, it’s important to keep them functioning properly. While we only really think about our cooling systems during the hotter months, it’s important to maintain them throughout the year. Here are some cooling system tips that will help keep your systems running all summer long!

Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

An air conditioner unit next to a house.

Whether you have a whole house or one room air conditioner, you want them running as smoothly as possible. Follow these tips to keep your air conditioner running so you can stay cool all season long:

Keep It Clean

Vacuum the fins of your unit with a soft bristle brush to clear out any debris that may have got caught in them. Be very cautious when vacuuming these fins because they can easily get bent out of shape during this process. On some air conditioner units, you may have to remove and lift the metal box to get to them. Be sure to check your owner’s manual to see where your unit’s fins are located.

Replace Your Air Filter Regularly

If your air conditioner ever stops randomly working, one of the first things you should check is the air filter. If the air isn’t being filtered properly, this can cause the pipes on your unit to freeze and stop it from working entirely. That’s why we recommend changing it monthly.

Check the Insulation

One way you can improve your unit’s efficiency is by replacing the insulation if needed. Depending on the age of your unit, it might be time for an upgrade. The insulation is what guards all of your unit’s lines and pipes so it is important to keep it in good condition.

Swamp Cooler Maintenance Tips

A series of evaporative coolers on the side of a building.

Replace Drip Pads

Before each cooling season, you’ll want to replace the drip pads and then continue to check on them every month while your unit is in use. If they become dirty, you’ll want to change them out. The cleaner the pads the more efficiently your unit will run.

Empty Drip Pan

You’ll want to empty out your drip pan regularly, especially during use. Stagnant water is the perfect breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Depending on your unit, your drip pan can be in a few different spots. Remember to use your owner’s manual to help find where it is.

Why It’s Important to Maintain Your Cooling Systems

An unserviced A/C or swamp cooler can result in extreme water damage, leading to mold damage or water damage in the home. Because both of these units are in less frequently traveled parts of the home, either the utility closet or on the roof, there’s a smaller chance of finding the problem. Give yourself the peace of mind you need, and get your units serviced on a regular basis to prevent problems down the road.

If Damage Arises, Call Us!

Summer maintenance of your cooling units is essential to prevent bigger problems down the road. Even if your A/C unit is functioning, there is a chance it could be causing damage if it isn’t properly set up. Watch for problems. If a leak happens and damage occurs, contact us today, and we’ll send someone out to you as soon as possible.

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