Your AC is one of the most hardworking pieces of equipment in your home. It maintains a comfortable indoor temperature when it’s blistering hot outside.

An AC unit needs regular maintenance and upkeep. There are many benefits to regular AC maintenance. A well-maintained unit uses less energy, needs less frequent AC repairs, lasts longer, and costs less to run.

Follow these tips to give your AC the TLC it deserves from Vacaville AC repair experts, Cozy Home Services.

Periodically Clean or Replace Filters

Air filters are one of the most important yet neglected AC parts. The basic function of air filters is to trap contaminants, including dander, pollen, dirt, and dust present in the air before the system circulates it throughout your home.

Over time, filters get dirty or clog up. Unclean filters can do more harm than good. They are unable to trap contaminants and can cause airflow issues. When this happens, the system is forced to work longer and harder, causing your energy bill to skyrocket.

Restricted airflow can put extra strain on your fan motor. If you ignore the problem, your fan motor might burn out, causing your system to overheat and eventually fall apart.

Inspect and clean or replace your AC filters every 30-90 days. Consider replacing traditional fiberglass air filters with high-quality HEPA filters.

Though inexpensive, traditional fiberglass filters don’t capture smaller particles such as pollen, viruses, and bacteria and must be changed every 30 days. On the other hand, HEPA filters are designed to trap more than 99 percent of airborne contaminants.

Regularly Examine Your Thermostat

Problems with your thermostat can affect your AC in several ways. To prevent thermostat problems:

Clean your thermostat at regular intervals

Regularly check wiring and connections

Replace batteries at least once a year

Where you place your thermostat will have a significant effect on its functioning. Make sure your thermostat is placed five feet above the ground in an area that does not receive direct sunlight.

Maintain the Outside Unit

Your outside unit releases heat from your indoor air to the outside air. Maintaining your AC’s outdoor unit is just as important as taking care of the indoor unit. Keep the area around your outdoor unit clean and prune vegetation around it.

Use a water hose spray to remove loose debris on the outside unit but be careful not to bend fins. Realign or replace crushed or bent fins.

Stay on Top of Maintenance

Have your preferred technician inspect and maintain your AC at least once a year, preferably before the cooling season. Regular maintenance minimizes problems and improves air conditioning efficiency. During a tune-up session, your mechanic will clean and lubricate, repair, or replace different parts, and make sure they are functioning correctly.