July 6, 2022
Cleaning AC Unit in Portland, Oregon

Summer heat is here and that means your air conditioner is working hard to keep you cool and comfortable. That’s why it is important to make sure you do your part to keep things running smoothly, so you don’t have any unexpected system breakdowns to pay for. Here are some tips on how to do that.

#1. Don’t forget your air filters.

The air filters in your home are unseen, so they can easily become neglected. However, they play a critical part in how your air conditioner functions. Be sure you check your air filters monthly if you have pets, and bi-monthly if you don’t. They should be cleaned or replaced at this time – especially if you see noticeable amounts of dust, dirt, or other debris. Clogged filters mean your system is working harder than it has to and this increases your utility bill. In addition, dirty filters blow in dirty air, and that can translate to heightened allergy or asthma symptoms.

#2. Schedule your air conditioning maintenance appointment.

Our experienced team of technicians at Climate Control recommends annual cleaning of your heating and cooling system. During this appointment, we will check to make sure there are no hidden issues that could cause your system to break down unexpectedly. When this happens, you are left with no air conditioning to keep you cool, but oftentimes there is a big repair bill that can cause stress. Maintenance appointments are the key to reducing your risk of unexpected machine issues. During your maintenance tune-up, we will also clean or replace air filters and check the energy efficiency to ensure it is functioning at its peak. And, if there are any problems with the components of the AC unit, we will get things repaired as quickly as possible.

#3. Keep the outside unit free of debris.

After a season of plenty of wind and rain, outside debris will build up around your exterior AC unit. Grass clippings, branches, dirt, leaves, or other debris should be kept away from the outdoor unit, as this can negatively impact the unit’s operations. Rinse of the top of it, clear the area around the unit with a few feet of space around it. This will give the unit the opportunity to bring air in at the optimal flow.

Call our experts at Climate Control today! We will help install a new air conditioning system for you this summer or will happily work on your existing system to tune it up or repair it.

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