AC Maintenance in Burleson

Beat the Heat: DIY AC Maintenance Tips for a Smooth Summer

As the Texas heat starts cranking up, so does our reliance on our air conditioners. To keep your cool air flowing freely and avoid a meltdown (both literal and metaphorical) during a heatwave, a little DIY air conditioner maintenance goes a long way. Here’s a checklist of tasks you can tackle yourself to ensure your AC runs smoothly all summer long.

Safety First:

Before diving in, always remember safety first! Turn off the power to your AC unit at the breaker box. Consult your owner’s manual for specific instructions on shutting down your unit.

Keeping it Clean is Key:

  • Air Filter: This is your AC’s first line of defense. A clogged filter restricts airflow, making your system work harder and less efficiently. Check your filter once a month during peak cooling season (more often if you have pets). Clean reusable filters and replace disposable ones according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Condenser Unit: This is the metal box located outside your home. Debris like leaves, twigs, and grass clippings can accumulate around the unit and on the condenser coils, hindering airflow. Clear away any obstructions and use a garden hose (on a gentle setting) to spray down the fins to remove dust and dirt. Be careful not to bend the delicate fins. 

Optimizing Performance with AC Maintenance:

  • Thermostat: Ensure your thermostat is set to a comfortable cooling temperature and check for proper functionality. Replace the batteries if needed. Consider a programmable thermostat to optimize cooling during times when you’re not home.
  • Airflow: Keep vents and registers throughout your home open and unobstructed by furniture or rugs. Dust them regularly to maintain optimal airflow.

When to Call a Professional:

While these DIY AC maintenance tips will keep your AC unit running smoothly for most of the season, some tasks are best left to the professionals. If you notice any of the following, call a qualified Southern Air Mechanical HVAC technician:

  • Uneven cooling throughout your home
  • Low refrigerant levels (recharging refrigerant requires a certified technician)
  • Strange noises coming from the unit
  • Leaks around the unit

Schedule professional maintenance for your AC unit at least once a year, ideally before the summer heat hits. This will ensure your system is operating at peak efficiency and can identify any potential problems early on.

Southern Air Mechanical Can Help:

For tasks beyond your comfort zone, or if your AC needs a professional touch, contact Southern Air Mechanical, your trusted source for residential and commercial HVAC services throughout North Texas. From one-time service calls to more inclusive Monthly Maintenance Memberships (starting at just $18/month), Southern Air Mechanical can have your system running smoothly all summer long! Give us a call today at 817-447-8247.