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Beat the Heat: A Beginner’s Guide to Caring for Your A/C Unit This Summer

Homeowners are often quick to reap the benefits of their A/C unit in the summer, but most are beginners when it comes to caring for their air conditioners. While your A/C is typically a reliable appliance, engaging in periodic maintenance during the summer can help prevent breakdowns. This article will highlight provide you with a few easy steps to maintain your air conditioner this summer.

Monitor Room Temperature

Checking the room temperature on your thermostat is one of the easiest and quickest ways to determine that your A/C unit is working efficiently. The air conditioner works to cool the air and keep your house comfortable during the summer heat. If your air conditioner has been running for over an hour and you still haven’t felt a change in temperature or seen a decrease on the thermostat, you may need to check on the appliance.

Check Filters Frequently

As cold air moves from the unit to the environment, the air must pass through a filter. The goal of the filter is to remove allergens and debris from the air. However, dust and debris can accumulate on the filter and cause a clog. Ultimately, clogged filters make your A/C work harder than needed. As a result, the air in the room won’t reach the desired temperature. Maintaining the filter by regularly washing or replacing it is the best way to ensure your house cools efficiently in the summer. Keeping the filters clear will also help save you money on your electric bills during the summer months, too.

Flush the Drain Line

Air conditioners produce cool air by condensing air particles. In turn, this cools the air and then collects moisture from the air. The drain line is the gateway to remove this moisture, and it needs to remain clear. If you suspect your drain lines are clogged, you can flush them with warm water or mixture of diluted vinegar and warm water. Avoid using bleach, as this can erode the materials of the drain. Replacing the drain lines can be an expensive repair, so ensuring the drain line is clear by seasonal flushing is a great way to prevent leaks or erosion for excess moisture drips.

Keeping your air conditioner in top shape is crucial for maintaining a cool home during the summer heat. A few simple maintenance tasks can keep your unit running for years to come. If you have concerns about your A/C unit, Doc’s Appliance Service has trained professionals to help you out. Give Doc’s a call today at 800-726-7130.

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