Peak summer temperatures in Evanston, IL can put a lot of strain on your home’s air conditioner around the clock. But with a little love and preventive maintenance, your AC can keep you cool for close to two decades before needing replacement. Follow these HVAC maintenance tips to keep your AC from breaking down when you need it most.
1. Replace Your HVAC Filters
The intake filters for your air conditioner catch dust, debris and other contaminants and prevent them from entering your HVAC system. So, you need to clean or replace your filters about every 90 days or so. This will keep your AC running efficiently and will reduce wear and tear on your components.
2. Check Your Condenser
The condenser for your central air system is usually located on a concrete slab right outside the home. It tends to get leaves, weeds and trash built up around it or even stuck inside it, which can reduce airflow and possibly damage the unit. Be sure to uncover the AC unit and gently clear any debris you find.
3. Clean Vents and Ductwork
The air ducts and vents that bring cool air to every room in your home will get some dust buildup on them over time. You can gently clean the dust off the air vents yourself with a dust cloth. The air ducts can be delicate, so have them professionally cleaned every few years to improve airflow and reduce the strain on your AC.
4. Tune-Up Your Air Conditioner
Properly sized and installed central cooling systems should last a good 12-15 years or more. Routine maintenance is the key to extending the life of your air conditioner. So make sure that you have it tuned up by an HVAC professional a couple of times per year for best results.
Don’t let the summer heat overwork your air conditioner. Follow these four simple AC maintenance tips, and sign up for a preventive maintenance plan with Besco Air Inc. Heating & Cooling to keep your air conditioner running smoothly for years to come.
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