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How to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready For Hot Weather

During the summers in California, it becomes imperative to remain prepared to escape the heat, and what’s better than enjoying summers with a fully-functioning air conditioning appliance that will keep you cool throughout the humid season. 

If you do own an air conditioning appliance, you should know how to maintain it, so you can avoid having to pay hefty costs for a significant repair or AC replacement in San Jose, CA

How to maintain your air conditioning appliance?

Here are some effective ways to maintain your air conditioning appliance.

  • Remove and wash the air filters.

Keeping an air conditioner clean enhances not only its cooling capacity but also its lifespan. Air filters are essential for any air conditioner because they free the airflow of dust and dirt. However, they become clogged fairly quickly, usually after about 2-3 months of use.

As a result, they should be cleaned regularly, especially before the summer season arrives. The most suitable way to clean an air conditioner’s air filter is to remove it and clean it with warm running water.

  • Get your air conditioner serviced regularly.

Simply washing the air filter is never enough. The evaporator coil, located behind the air filters, also collects much dirt. However, cleaning the evaporator coil without harming its fins is not as simple as cleaning the air purifiers and requires specific tools.

Water pressure washers are a popular choice for cleaning the coil and fins of an air conditioner. However, if you have no experience cleaning air conditioners, you should contact a reputable heating and cooling service provider with experienced mechanics who can do it for you.

  • Examine for leaks

Air conditioning units should not have leaks because they mainly work by relocating heat to cool a room. If there is a leak in any part of the air conditioner, it does not run as effectively as it should, ingesting more electricity and not cooling.

Prolonged use in such conditions can even cause an AC to fail. Furthermore, more than half of all air conditioner breakdown cases involve low gas pressure, typically caused by leaks. As a result, you should have your cooling device checked for leaks by a service technician before the summer arrives.

  • Clear the AC drainage pipe

The drain pipe of the air conditioner, which eliminates humidity from the indoor unit, can become clogged sometimes. It can result in stagnant water or even a mouldy smell. Even if this is not the case, you should dislodge the AC’s drain pipe at least once a year, preferably before the beginning of the summer season, to ensure that the air conditioner runs as effectively as possible when it is most required.

To unclog the drain pipe of the air conditioner, use a thin, stiff brush and warm water. The air conditioner’s outdoor unit, usually located outside the window or on the balcony, contains a compressor, a condenser coil, and a fan.

Are you planning to install a new AC system in San Jose? You don’t need to look any further than Malibu Heating and Air. To schedule an appointment, call us at 408-847-6533 or visit our website.