Air conditioning is one of those things that is easy to take for granted, but we quickly take notice when it stops working. A broken air conditioning system can be inconvenient and uncomfortable, but perhaps even worse, repairs can be very expensive. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to keep your air conditioner in good condition. Whether it’s a central air unit or a window unit, these principles still apply.
Simply keeping the unit clean is a very effective first step. Fallen leaves or twigs can be a menace for outdoor units. Your unit likely has a filter that should be removed and cleaned regularly to allow proper air flow. And if you know you won’t be using it for some time, keeping it covered will save you time and effort when it’s time to use it again.
It’s highly recommended to power off the unit before performing any cleaning or maintenance tasks. Especially if the maintenance may involve opening the unit, it may be a good idea to hire a professional to help you out.