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 05_15_13Air conditioning specialists recommend regular preventive maintenance as the best way to keep your home cooling system working at its best possible level. The same as any other cooling or heating system in your home, a properly maintained A/C will operate more efficiently and reliably, with more even cooling, superior humidity control and a longer service life, all with lower operating costs.Here are five easy ways to maintain your home air conditioner’s performance and efficiency this cooling season.

  1. Change the air filter: Clean filters ensure proper airflow and effective filtration of your indoor air. Air conditioning specialists report that dirty air filters are a major source of air conditioner breakdowns because they block needed airflow. Check the filters in your air conditioning system at least once a month and change them if they are dirty.
  2. Clean the unit: Remove any accumulated material from the outdoor cabinet, such as leaves, grass, sticks or nests. Keep the vents clear of vegetation and other material. Wipe down the cabinet or spray it clean with a garden hose. Apply a light coat of automotive wax to the cabinet’s outside surfaces to protect them from sun and the elements. Make sure your lawn sprinkler does not spray the cabinet directly.
  3. Trim vegetation: Trim vegetation around the outside unit, including grass, tree limbs, shrubs or any other plants that could block airflow. Allow at least two feet of clearance on all sides of the air conditioner’s outdoor unit.
  4. Clear indoor air vents and registers: Check indoor vents and registers to make sure they are unobstructed and clear of boxes, clothing, furniture or other items. If supply vents are blocked, cool air from the A/C unit cannot get into your home. If return vents are blocked, airflow is hindered and the unit will not be able to get enough expended air back for recooling.
  5. Schedule preventive maintenance: Contact your local trusted HVAC service provider to have your air conditioner inspected and maintained at least annually, preferably before the start of the cooling season. These appointments allow trained air conditioning specialists the opportunity to check out your home cooling system, make adjustments and correct minor problems.

Customers in the Dallas area rely on Crawford Services, Inc. for quality cooling and heating services, including air conditioner maintenance and repair. Contact us today for more information about air conditioner maintenance or to schedule a professional maintenance and inspection appointment.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in North Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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