How Ready Is Your Home’s Air Conditioner This Early Summer?
Your home’s air conditioner needs a regular tune-up just like your car does. If you don’t know much about air conditioners, here are some quick tips and facts especially for you all living in Ocotillo on the water, it is amazing how many people never consider changing their A/C filters and flushing their water heaters. In Arizona, there is so much dust that we don’t see but I often have to bang my reusable AC filter every two weeks!
Your home’s air conditioner consists of three main parts:
- The compressor: It’s the large outdoor unit which is usually on the side of your house or behind the garage. It compresses the refrigerant, or Freon®, into a liquid that then evaporates, resulting in cooling.
- The blower unit: Pushes the air throughout the system.
- The ductwork: Circulates the air. Cool air is carried into the home; warm air is exhausted.
Anything having to do with refrigerant should be left to professionals. Hire someone to inspect the refrigerant and the compressor lines.
Here are several do-it-yourself tune-up tasks for your home’s air conditioner:
- Change the air conditioner filters: Schedule a day each month to change your filters. It can be the first, the fifteenth or any day you will remember each month, just pick a date so you do not forget. Check the number on the filter that is already in the system, and buy the same size when it needs to be replaced.
- Check for debris: After you change the filter, walk around the outside unit and check for obstructions. Clear any leaves or debris that might be caught in the grate. Cut back bushes that may be preventing airflow to the unit. There should be two feet of clear space around the unit.
- Check the condensate removal system: Condensation occurs when warm air passes through the cooling coil. That condensation drips to a drain or a pan under the unit. If there is a pan, you need to empty it as it gets full.
- Clean the compressor: The outdoor unit will get dirty and need cleaning, at least annually. Make sure you shut off the power to the unit before beginning. You can then hose off the dirt.
If you’d like a referral to an air conditioning specialist for those times when you need to hire a professional, I’m happy to share my recommendations. I also am an Ocotillo Realtor and I have sold many of your neighbor’s homes. Please check out the Ocotillo icon on my home page to view all of the homes for sale in Ocotillo Chandler, AZ as well as the recent sales. This website is one of the few that can display homes that have sold in Ocotillo and other areas of town,