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The days are slowly starting to get shorter and the temperatures are starting to cool down. If you stop for a minute, you can almost feel fall in the air. Kids are preparing to go back to school and friends are fitting in their last summer vacations of the year. It is an enjoyable, yet busy, time of year.
Even though it can be a busy time, do not neglect the care and maintenance of your HVAC system. Doing so could be a costly and uncomfortable mistake. Homeowners need to take this time to attend to some summer air conditioning maintenance issues in order to ensure their system continues to work as it should. Add these tasks to your to-do list:

Changing or Cleaning Air Filters

HVAC systems are equipped with air filters. These filters help reduce dust, dander, dog hair, allergens and pollutants in the air in your home. Most of these filters are disposable and easy to replace. However, some older HVAC systems have filters that need gently washed and dried instead of replaced. Install a new filter or clean your filter now, so that at the beginning of next summer season your air conditioner will be ready to go. However, in many HVAC systems the heating and cooling units share an air filter. In this case, you will want to be sure to change your air filter about every one to three months, or according to your owner’s manual.

Inspect the Condensate Pan and Drain

The condensate pan and drain collect moisture from the system and removes it to the outdoors. You should check the pain and drain for the presence of water. Leaving this water can create problems, such as freezing, during the winter months.

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Check the Condenser

The condenser moves heat to the outdoors and starts the cooling process when the a/c unit is turned on. You should check the condenser for any dirt in the coils or fins and wash it with a hose. At this time you can also assess the outside of your unit for any fescue overgrowth that may be blocking the necessary airflow.

If you prefer, you can leave these a/c maintenance tasks for the pros. Call your local HVAC Contractors for Air Conditioning Maintenance or for HVAC service before summer’s end in order to keep your HVAC system running at its best all year long.

Frequently Asked Questions About Summer Air Conditioning Maintenance

Why is Summer Air Conditioning Maintenance Important?

Summer air conditioning maintenance ensures your HVAC system operates efficiently, providing cool air when you need it most. Neglecting maintenance can lead to costly repairs and discomfort during hot weather.

How Often Should I Change or Clean Air Filters?

Air filters should be changed or cleaned every one to three months, depending on your HVAC system’s specifications. Clean filters help improve indoor air quality by reducing dust, allergens, and pollutants.

What Should I Inspect in the Condensate Pan and Drain?

Check the condensate pan and drain for any water accumulation, as stagnant water can lead to freezing issues in winter. Regular inspection ensures proper drainage and prevents potential damage.

How Do I Maintain the Condenser Unit?

Inspect the condenser for dirt accumulation in coils or fins, and clean it using a hose. Ensure adequate airflow around the unit by trimming any foliage or debris that may obstruct airflow.

Can I Perform Air Conditioning Maintenance Myself?

While some maintenance tasks like changing air filters can be done by homeowners, it’s advisable to seek professional HVAC service for comprehensive maintenance. HVAC contractors have the expertise to identify and address potential issues.

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What Are the Benefits of Professional Air Conditioning Maintenance?

Professional maintenance ensures thorough inspection and servicing of all HVAC components, optimizing system performance and longevity. Additionally, professional technicians can detect and resolve minor issues before they escalate into costly repairs.

When Is the Best Time to Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance?

It’s best to schedule air conditioning maintenance before the end of summer to address any issues before the cooler months. Regular maintenance ensures your HVAC system is ready to handle the demands of the upcoming seasons.

What Happens if I Neglect Air Conditioning Maintenance?

Neglecting air conditioning maintenance can result in reduced efficiency, higher energy bills, and premature system failure. Regular maintenance helps identify and address potential problems before they escalate.

How Can I Find Reliable HVAC Contractors for Maintenance?

Research local HVAC contractors with positive reviews and certifications. Ask for recommendations from friends or family and inquire about their experience and expertise in air conditioning maintenance.

What Are Some Signs That My HVAC System Needs Maintenance?

Signs of a malfunctioning HVAC system include reduced airflow, unusual noises, foul odors, and uneven cooling. If you notice any of these signs, it’s essential to schedule maintenance promptly to prevent further damage.

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