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Your air conditioner (AC) requires regular maintenance to run efficiently and effectively. Help avoid unexpected and expensive repairs this summer with regular maintenance of the following AC parts, which don’t need an expert:

1. Change the AC Filters 

We understand that life can get in the way of AC system maintenance, so if you commit to one task, ensure you routinely change your AC filters. A clogged or dirty filter will reduce the efficiency of your AC and result in a build-up of dirt inside the unit. Locate the filter along the return duct, wall, ceiling, or the AC unit in central systems. Alternatively, you can open the front panel of your wall-mounted ductless AC unit to find the filter. 

2. Clean the AC Coils

Over time, the AC evaporator coil and condenser coil will collect dirt and reduce airflow. While changing the AC filter will help prolong this, ensure you clean the coils once a year. Minimize dirt around the outdoor unit, remove debris and cut back surrounding foliage. 

3. Unclog Condensate Drains

Clogged condensate drains can increase humidity in your home, which may damage your ductwork, insulation and more. The condensate drain will be visible on the outdoor AC unit. Pass a stiff wire through the AC unit’s drain channels to remove any debris to enable condensation and moisture to escape. 

4. Check Your Coil Fins for Damage

The aluminum fins on evaporator and condenser coils can be easily damaged. Check the AC coil fins seasonally for any bent fins that may block the airflow. Invest in a ‘fin comb’ to gently comb the coil fins back into place, or call a professional

While it’s easy to neglect your AC, it’s easier to schedule seasonal maintenance with Hargrave Heating & Air Conditioning. Reach out to one of our heating and cooling experts to discuss the best protection plan for your home and living situation and keep your AC running smoothly year-round.