Tips for Establishing the Right Maintenance Schedule for Your AC
Maintaining a high-performing and efficient air conditioner in your Peoria, IL home starts with diligent care. From regularly changing dirty air filters to scheduling AC tune-ups, there’s much to keep track of. To make things a bit easier, the following are several tips for establishing the right AC maintenance schedule.
Check Your Air Filter, AC Condenser, and Air Vents Monthly
Filter changes are one of several AC maintenance tasks that homeowners can easily manage on their own. You should check your AC air filter once each month. If this component is covered in a thick buildup of lint-like debris, replace it with a clean one. This is also a good time to inspect the air registers, air vents, and air grilles throughout your home. These may be coated in lint-like material, too. If they are, use your vacuum cleaner and its hose attachment to suction this debris away. You can also wipe these components down with a damp cloth.
When you’re done with your monthly AC maintenance indoors, take a quick trip outside. Make sure that your air conditioner’s condenser has no less than 2 feet of clearance on all sides. Trim back all bushes, trees, and other foliage growing too close to this unit so that airflow is never impeded.
Take Care of These Maintenance Tasks Annually
Each year, you should schedule a professional AC tune-up service. This service will address maintenance tasks you cannot handle on your own. Professional AC tune-ups are required annually to maintain compliance with warranty agreements and insurance policies. If you neglect yearly tune-up service, you may lose access to the coverage that your warranties and insurance provide.
If your central air conditioner is supported by integrated HVAC accessories, you should schedule annual service for these things, too. This way, we can ensure that your air purifier, air scrubber, or whole-house dehumidifier works as it should. We can also verify that these additions aren’t placing undue stress on your cooling equipment.
Schedule Professional Duct Cleaning Every Three to Five Years
During your annual air conditioner service, you can have your HVAC air ducts inspected. Along with regular efforts to clean off air registers, vents, or grilles, this should keep air moving freely. However, to keep indoor air quality issues at bay, having your HVAC air ducts professionally cleaned every three to five years is also a good idea.
Since 1981, we’ve been providing reliable heating and cooling services to residents of Peoria, IL and the surrounding area. We also offer ductless mini-splits, indoor air quality services, and ductwork maintenance and repairs. To schedule an appointment, contact Fritch Heating & Cooling, Inc. today.