Maintenance Homeowners Can Do

Here are some tips to help you survive the summer heat:

  1. Keep your filter clean and changed regularly.  A dirty filter can make your unit run harder and decrease your capacity and efficiency.  See The Truth About Filters.
  2. Make sure your drain line is kept clean and flowing properly.  You may want to pour some diluted Clorox water ( ¼ cup Clorox to ¾ cup water) or Vinegar through the drain.  Make sure you turn the unit off first and do not pour it in the drain pan.  After your pour it down the drain wait about 5 minutes and then pour some fresh water down it to flush the Clorox fumes or Vinegar out of the line.  The chlorine fumes can be very corrosive to any metal.
  3. Keep your outside unit clean and free of debris and plants.  Grass clippings and vines can clog the outside coil and restrict the airflow.  This will decrease your capacity and efficiency.  Make sure that bushes and shrubs do not grow too close to the unit and restrict the airflow.  The air must be able to escape freely from the discharge of the unit.  Any restriction in this area can cause the hot air to be recirculated back through the unit.  This will make the unit work much harder and reduce the efficiency and capacity.
  4. Rinse the coil on the outside unit.  This will clean the loose dirt, salt, and sand from the coil.  Do not wash it with pressure, simply rinse it from the top down to let the dirt freely flow out.  Washing it with pressure may pack the dirt into the center of the coil.  Pressure should only be used from the inside out to push the dirt out the way it came in.  Rinsing the coil should be done about once a month during the cooling season.
  5. Keep your thermostat at the highest temperature setting that you are comfortable at.  Raising the temperature 1 or 2 degrees can save you as much as 15% on your cooling bill.

Probably the most important thing you can do to make sure you are ready for the summer heat is to have your cooling system fine-tuned by one of our skilled service technicians.  A unit that is just 1 pound low on refrigerant can cost you 15 to 20% on your cooling bill.  Ask us about a Peak Energy Savings Agreement that can save you money year round.