Air Conditioner Maintenance and Care Tips

Taking good care of your air conditioner is a lot like maintaining a healthy lifestyle for your home. Just as regular exercise and a balanced diet contribute to our well-being, regular maintenance and care can ensure your air conditioning system runs efficiently, keeping your home comfortable and your energy bills in check. 

At Novak Heating and Cooling, we understand the importance of a well-maintained AC system. In this blog post, we’ll dive into why it’s crucial, what you can handle yourself, and when it’s time to call in the professionals.

Why Regular Air Conditioner Maintenance is a Must

Imagine your air conditioner as a loyal companion that keeps you cool during the scorching summer months. Now, think about how much you rely on it to perform without a hitch when you need it most. When that doesn’t happen, more often than not it’s due to a lack of maintenance.

Regular maintenance is essential to prevent unexpected breakdowns, extend the lifespan of your unit, and improve energy efficiency, which translates to lower energy bills. By keeping your system in top shape, you also ensure the air quality in your home remains high, making your living space a healthier environment for you and your family.

DIY Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

While some tasks require a professional touch, there are several things you can do on your own to keep your cooling system in top shape. Here are some easy DIY maintenance tips to help you get started:

Regularly Clean or Replace Air Filters

One of the simplest yet most impactful tasks you can do to boost your system’s efficiency is to regularly check, clean, or replace your air conditioner filters. Over time, filters can become clogged with dust, pet hair, and other particles, which can significantly reduce airflow and force your system to work harder. 

Dirty filters not only decrease efficiency but also affect your indoor air quality. Aim to check your air filter each month, especially during high-use seasons, and replace or clean them as needed.

Clear the Area Around Your Outdoor Unit

The outdoor component of your central air conditioner, known as the condenser unit, needs ample space to “breathe” and function correctly. Ensure the area around it is free from leaves, dirt, debris, and overgrown vegetation. These can obstruct airflow and reduce the unit’s ability to expel heat from your home. Keeping at least a 2-foot clearance around the unit can make a significant difference in its efficiency and longevity.

Straighten and Clean the Coil Fins

The aluminum fins on the evaporator coil and condenser coil are easily bent and can block airflow through the coil. Over time, these fins can collect dust, dirt, and debris, further reducing your system’s efficiency. 

Gently cleaning these fins and straightening any bent ones can significantly improve airflow and the overall performance of your air conditioner. A fin comb, specifically designed for this task, can be used to carefully straighten bent fins. Remember to turn off the power to the unit before attempting any cleaning or maintenance on the coil fins to ensure your safety.

Check Your Thermostat Settings

Your thermostat plays a crucial role in maintaining comfort while optimizing energy use. Take a moment to assess your settings. Are you cooling your home efficiently? Programmable or smart thermostats can offer significant savings by adjusting the temperature when you’re asleep or away from home. Setting your thermostat to a comfortable yet energy-efficient temperature can prevent unnecessary strain on your air conditioner, extending its service life and reducing your energy bills.

A bit of effort can significantly impact the performance and efficiency of your air conditioning system. However, if you come across any issues that seem beyond simple DIY tasks, don’t hesitate to reach out to Novak Heating and Cooling for air conditioner maintenance. Our team is ready to tackle more complex problems and ensure your AC unit runs smoothly and efficiently.

When to Call the Professionals

While there are several maintenance tasks you can do on your own, certain aspects of air conditioner care require the expertise of a professional. 

An HVAC technician will inspect the entire system, clean components that you can’t reach, check refrigerant levels, and ensure everything is running safely and efficiently. Aim to schedule your annual tune-up in the spring before the cooling season arrives.

Note that if your AC isn’t blowing cool air properly, makes strange noises, or leaks water, it may need a repair. Early intervention can prevent small problems from turning into major (and expensive) breakdowns.

At Novak Heating and Cooling, we offer expert air conditioner maintenance and repair services that keep your air conditioner running at its best. It shouldn’t take a breakdown for you to think about maintenance. Give us a call, and let’s schedule a tune-up today.

The Value of a Novak Heating and Cooling Tune-Up

At Novak Heating and Cooling, we understand the importance of keeping your AC running smoothly. Our certified technicians are highly trained and experienced in all makes and models of air conditioners. During a Novak tune-up, we’ll perform a thorough inspection, cleaning, and adjustment of your HVAC system to ensure optimal performance.

Save Money and Stay Cool with Worry-Free Maintenance

Life can get busy, and remembering to schedule maintenance tasks can be easy to forget.  That’s why Novak Heating and Cooling offers affordable maintenance contracts. These plans offer benefits like:

  • Priority Scheduling: Beat the rush and get your AC serviced when you need it most.
  • Reduced Rates: Enjoy exclusive discounts on spring and fall maintenance calls for your AC and furnace.
  • Peace of Mind: Rest assured that your AC unit is in good hands with regular professional tune ups.

While not all problems can be prevented, you sure can avoid a lot of them with regular maintenance. Schedule your annual tune-up today and keep your cool all summer long! Call Novak Heating and Cooling at (319) 364-4626 to discuss our AC maintenance plans and keep your home comfort system running smoothly for years to come.

Why Choose Novak Heating and Cooling

Since 1934, Novak Heating and Cooling has been a trusted provider of heating, air conditioning, and duct cleaning services for countless homes and businesses in Cedar Rapids, IA. Our certified technicians are available day and night, ensuring your heating and cooling systems operate efficiently and effectively.

Choosing Novak means working with a team with a long-standing reputation for reliability and customer satisfaction. We are committed to providing high-quality services that meet your specific needs.

If you’re looking for professional air conditioner maintenance in the Cedar Rapids area, look no further than Novak Heating and Cooling. Contact us online or call (319) 364-4626 to schedule a service appointment and see the difference we can make in your system and your energy costs.