DIY AC Maintenance – Keep Cool with Aqua Plumbing & Air


While Aqua Plumbing & Air excels in professional AC repair and installation services, there are several DIY maintenance tasks that can help extend the lifespan of your air conditioning unit and improve its efficiency. By following these simple tips, you can ensure your home remains cool and comfortable during the hot summer months.

Clean or Replace Air Filters

  • Dirty air filters can restrict airflow and cause your AC unit to work harder, leading to higher energy bills and potential breakdowns.
  • Check your filter monthly and replace or clean it as needed.
  • For disposable filters, replacement is recommended every 1-3 months, depending on usage and household occupancy.

Clear Outdoor Unit

  • The outdoor condensing unit can become clogged with dirt, leaves, and other debris, reducing its ability to dissipate heat effectively.
  • Use a soft brush or vacuum attachment to gently remove any buildup on the unit’s fins and surrounding area.
  • Trim back any nearby vegetation to prevent future obstructions.

Straighten Coil Fins

  • Bent or crushed fins on the AC coils can restrict airflow and reduce the unit’s efficiency.
  • Using a fin comb (available at most hardware stores), carefully straighten any bent fins to improve airflow.
  • Exercise caution and avoid excessive force to prevent further damage to the coils.

Check for Leaks

  • Refrigerant leaks can significantly impact your AC system’s performance and may require professional repair.
  • Inspect the refrigerant lines for any signs of wear, cracks, or leaks.
  • If you suspect a leak, contact Aqua Plumbing & Air for expert diagnosis and repair services.

Professional Maintenance

While DIY maintenance can help extend the life of your AC unit, it’s essential to schedule professional maintenance annually. Aqua Plumbing & Air’s certified technicians will thoroughly inspect, clean, and tune up your system, ensuring optimal performance and efficiency.

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