What can I do to keep my central air conditioner in good working condition?
Tips from AmeriSpec of Canada on Maintaining Your Central Air Conditioner:
- Inspect and clean/replace the blower fan filter (usually located in the return air duct of the furnace) every two months or as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Vacuum or brush clean the outdoor coil to keep it clear of dirt, leaves, and grass clippings. The coil can be carefully cleaned with a garden hose after debris is vacuumed off.
- Both the blower fan and outdoor fan should be cleaned and lubricated, where applicable, when following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- If there is a humidifier damper, make sure it is closed for the summer to reduce the unnecessary addition of moisture-laden air to the home.
If, after completing these suggestions, your air conditioner is performing poorly, we recommend you hire a qualified contractor to undertake a more thorough servicing. This includes checking the refrigerant level, or making electrical or mechanical checks with adjustments. As with all mechanical equipment, regular servicing by a qualified contractor in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications is recommended.
Visit the home inspection experts at AmeriSpec of Canada for more tips and valuable home improvement information.