3 Things to Check Before Turning On Your Air Conditioner This Summer

3 Things to Check Before Turning On Your Air Conditioner This Summer

Chris Perez
May 18, 2012

I'm not sure how the weather is in your neck of the woods, but here in Texas we are already in full-on summer mode — the time of year when we really start to embrace the technology of air conditioning. A recent blowout to my A/C compressor has made me realize that I've been taking this wonderful invention for granted.

Your air conditioning probably doesn't ask for much. It just trudges along — doing its magic dutifully, quietly, and unassumingly. If you're like me perhaps you've even neglected yearly maintenance on the unit — letting it just sit all-alone in the corner somewhere outside of your home. Now is that any way to treat what is likely one of the most expensive pieces of tech in your home?

Air conditioning units typically last about 10-15 years, and regular maintenance can go a long way toward making sure its on the right side of that range.

Check These 3 Things Before Using Your Air Conditioner

  1. Change Filters regularly (every 30-60 days depending on filter type).
  2. Clean the vents indoors and on the outdoor unit itself — don't make it work more than it has to.
  3. Remove any sludge or grime from the drainage pipe. A wet-dry shop-vac can go a long way towards making sure things flow smoothly — just attach to end of drain pipe and suck out any grime that may be accumulating.

Setup reminders on your Google calendar, email, or smartphone to give the good sport the regular TLC it deserves.

Be sure to check out the links below for a few more pointers and detail. Learn from my mistakes — keep your A/C happy, the gremlins at bay, and delay the likely $5k burden to your pocketbook.

5 Tips for Annual Air Conditioning Maintenance
3 Tips for Taking Care of Window Air Conditioner Units

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