Your air conditioner is vital to staving off the intense heat of a Fresno area summer. With a few maintenance steps that you can do yourself, you can avoid some common problems.
The most important thing is to avoid leaks. If you spot a leak, it’s imperative to fix it immediately. You may require an HVAC professional but you can also try remedying the situation yourself.
First, shut the air conditioner off and stop the air flow. Then, using a bucket, a small cup and some towels get all of the water out of the drain pan. This could be as much as two inches of water, so be prepared. This kind of leak is typically caused by a clogged A/C drain line.
Sometimes, a bit of bleach poured through the drain pipe will be enough to clear away any accumulated algae and mildew. You may have to use compressed air to force any blockage out if the problem is more severe. Just be sure to force everything from the inside of your house to the outside, as it can create quite a mess.
Preventive maintenance can be performed by an HVAC professional each year to make sure your A/C is running at peak performance. This will help you save money by ensuring you have a machine that runs efficiently. Here are some of the things they will perform:
- Clean evaporator and condenser coils
- Lubricate moving parts
- Check refrigerant levels
- Adjust blower components
- Tighten electrical connections
This maintenance will allow you to enjoy your air conditioner all summer without fear that it may break down. Now is the best time to have maintenance performed before summer fully sets in.
For more information on how to avoid common air conditioner problems, contact Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning today. We have been serving the Fresno area for nearly 40 years.
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