DIY Tips to Keep Your Air Conditioner Performing Optimally

At ABC Air Conditioning and Heating Specialist Inc™, we understand your need to keep your conditioner working at its peak even after professional installation. Many users want to know simple DIY tips that help prolong the life and efficiency of their units.

Regular Cleaning

Priority number one should be conducting regular cleaning of your air conditioner. With the resulting dust and dirt from daily operations, it’s essential to clean your filter regularly. A dirty filter reduces airflow and might even freeze the coils – making your AC work harder, costing you more in energy bills. It’s advisable to clean them once every month, especially during heavy use. To do so, turn off your AC, remove the filter (usually located in the ‘grill’ area of the unit), and clean with a vacuum or warm soapy water. (via

Coil Cleaning

The condenser coils on the exterior unit get dirty too – especially if it’s located in an area surrounded by dirt or foliage. While, the professional cleaning we offer as part of our maintenance services is really comprehensive, a light cleaning every few weeks can help. Turn off the outdoor condenser unit, gently clean using a garden hose after you’ve cleared the area of any debris.

Regular Inspection

Checking your thermostat regularly ensures it’s working correctly and keeps your cooling and heating system operating efficiently. Also, ensure you check your coolant lines regularly. Insulated foam coolant lines run from the condenser outside the evaporator inside, if the insulation gets frayed or worn down, it might affect the efficiency of your AC. When you observe this, you might need professional services from an expert air conditioner installation company like ABC Air Conditioning and Heating Specialist Inc™.

Outdoor Unit Maintenance

Ensure your outdoor unit isn’t hiding under shrubs, as it needs a minimum of 12 inches of space around it to pull in air. You can improve your air conditioner’s efficiency by regularly removing leaves, pollen or grass clippings from the top and sides of the outdoor unit. This is another way to get the most from our top-of-the-line installations.

We hope that these tips offered here provide valuable insights into DIY maintenance of your air conditioner post professional installation. Be sure to reach out to us at ABC Air Conditioning and Heating Specialist Inc™ should you require professional HVAC services.