Although the vast majority of American households have air conditioning, not everyone is confident in or knowledgeable about basic maintenance. If you’re not sure what to do to keep your air conditioner running at its best, that’s okay! You’re in good company. Many people could use a little help to get started.
When air conditioners are inefficient or not working properly, the simplest solution is often the right one: change your air filter. Have you ever done that? Do you know how often it should be done? Follow our step-by-step guide and get that air conditioner back to peak performance.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our team is happy to help with anything related to air conditioner repair in Boerne, TX.
Air filters are your air conditioner’s best friend
The filter removes particles and contaminants that could otherwise cause damage to your AC unit’s compressor. You should change the air filter every three months, or more often to optimize efficiency. With the help of an air filter, the air conditioner can continue functioning, keeping your house cool for twice as long as the lifetime it would have without the filter.
Step 1: Turn the unit off
Any time you are going to perform any kind of maintenance on any appliance, this is the first step toward keeping yourself safe in the process. And don’t worry, changing the air filter will be so quick, your AC unit won’t be off long enough to let the house heat up.
Step 2: Remove the filter
In most AC units, the air filter can be found in the return air duct. This is where the air is being drawn from the room into the cooling unit, so when the air conditioner is on, you won’t feel air coming from it. If you’re unable to find the filter, check your owner’s manual. And feel free to reach out to us if you’re still not sure where it is or how to remove it.
Step 3: Clean or replace the filter
In some air conditioners, the filter is made to be cleaned. You’ll be able to wash or wipe the particles away and reuse the filter. In other cases, the filter is disposable. You’ll simply throw it away and purchase a new one. If you’re not sure which is the case for your unit, check your owner’s manual or contact us with any questions.
Step 4: Put the air filter back in place
Once your reusable filter has been cleaned, or you have a replacement for your disposable filter, slide it into position once again. Be sure it is facing the right way by checking for directional arrows on the filter.
Step 5: Start the unit up again
When you first turn your air conditioner on after changing the air filter, pay attention for a few minutes. It should run smoothly and efficiently, but if you notice any changes in how it runs, or it is making any new sounds or smells, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. After the filter change is done, it is likely that your AC issues lie with a deeper problem.
Contact D’Spain Sales & Service with any questions about air conditioner maintenance.