Your air conditioner’s condenser coil is located on the outside of the unit. Accumulates debris over time which can reduce its efficiency. Before your AC kicks into full use, check the outdoor condenser coil. Further remove any twigs, branches, or other debris that have gathered around it. If you’d like to give your unit an even deeper clean, grab your garden hose and follow these steps:
- Turn off your AC’s power source
- If there are shrubs or plant life blocking your unit, trim them away
- Remove any grass clippings around the unit
- Grab your garden hose and wash down any other dirt or debris that’s remaining
Replace Your Air Filters
Clogged or dirty air filters can cause your home to lack airflow. By clogging an air filter, you prevent the air from flowing through and force your unit to work harder. Which further wastes energy. The more overworked your AC is, the faster it will wear out, reducing its lifespan. Every 30-90 days, clean or replace your air filters to keep your AC running at peak performance.
Pro tip: For leaks smaller than ¼ inch, you’ll only need weatherproof caulk to seal the leak. For leaks larger than that, use an expandable foam spray to seal them. If you see light shining through, that’s your sign to have it cleaned or replaced.
Seal Air Leaks
You most likely did this in the winter, but if you didn’t, there’s no need to worry! It’s never too late to find and seal air leaks in your home. If you suspect you have air leaks, the air from your AC is escaping through the leaks. Further wasting energy and causing your system to work even harder. To check if you do in fact have an air leak, take a piece of paper and hold it up to where you think the leak is. If the paper moves, that means there is air movement in an area there shouldn’t be. It needs to be sealed.
Pro tip: For leaks smaller than ¼ inch, you’ll only need weatherproof caulk to seal the leak. For leaks larger than that, use an expandable foam spray to seal them.
Check the Refrigerant
Always make sure you are checking your refrigerant levels. If there isn’t enough, your compressor will have to work even harder. Something to keep in mind is that refrigerant is not “used up” during the refrigeration cycle. So if there isn’t enough, this could be a sign of a leak.
Speaking of leaks, you’ll also want to make sure there are no leaks in the refrigerant tubing. If the tubing becomes damaged somehow, the refrigerant won’t flow through the system properly. Which will prevent your AC unit from working properly.
Contact Precision Tech To Fix All AC Issues
We can provide some information on how to stay cool for the time being, but the best solution is to contact a Precision Tech HVAC professional.
It is very important that you get professional air conditioning done to avoid issues in the future.