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My husband and I have spent a lot of time consulting with an architect. After living in our cramped, starter home for the past 11 years, we were finally ready to make some needed changes to it. We have added an extra 600 square feet of space onto our house. Before the construction began, we finalized the plans for our new heating and air conditioning unit with our HVAC contractor. Because our home was going to be substantially bigger than it is now, we purchased a larger HVAC system. We also installed a new, digital thermostat inside my home. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best types of HVAC units to buy for mid-size homes. Enjoy!


Preparing for My Dream Home

Tips For Maintaining An Air Conditioner

by Rita Richardson

If you are a homeowner, there is a good chance that you want to make sure that your air conditioner is working as well as possible. This is important because it will allow you to keep your house cool during the summer while not driving up an unnecessarily huge electric bill. Here are some tips for maintaining your air conditioner so that it remains in good working condition.

1. Clean the Evaporator

The first step to cleaning your air conditioner is to clean the evaporator. This should be done once before the summer. The evaporator is usually located right above the furnace if you have a central air conditioning system. First, take off the foil that surrounds the evaporator, taking care to not rip it due to the fact that you are going to have to put it back when you are done. Once you have the foil off, you will see a plate. Remove the screws so that you can take the plate off. Once the plate is off, you can clean out the crevice underneath the plate using a stiff brush. You want to use a stiff brush rather than a soft one so that you can remove any residue that might be coating the system. 

Once you're done cleaning out the hollow area, remove the evaporator tray and clean it with bleach in order to make sure that you remove any fungus and stop any new fungus from growing. Replace everything, including the plate and the foil, when you have put the tray back.

2. Clean the Condenser

Next, go outside and find the condenser. It is the part of your air conditioning unit that is attached to the outside of your house. Remove any screws holding it in place and flush it thoroughly with water. Use a stiff brush to remove any residue. Allow the condenser to dry in the sun once you have removed it. When you are done, put the condenser back in place. Cut down any weeds or grass that might have grown too high that could be obstructing air flow through the air conditioning unit in order to improve the overall efficiency of the air conditioner. This could help lower your electric bills. 

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in air conditioning service and repair. They will be able to help give you some specific maintenance tips for your particular model of air conditioner.