Living in Florida, you do not want to be without your air conditioner. That being said, I have a local A/C company, Anthony’s who checks my unit twice a year. In between times I actually take care of it by washing down my filter and cleaning out the condensate drain line.
This is something most of you can do. Now I have to tell you I am not a trained air conditioner technician by any means. This is a homeowner’s monthly chore that will make you happy you did it. Have you ever been without air conditioning? I have and it is miserable. I also do this in the winter since my unit is a combination heater and air conditioner (heat pump). If you would like to download these tips click here.
Monthly A/C Maintenance that I Do
- Turn off the unit. I turn mine off at the thermostat. To be extra cautious you should also turn off the breaker. I have a very healthy respect for electricity.
- Some of you may have a disposable filter which should be replaced each month. My unit has a permanent filter. I brush it down with an old soft paint brush and then hose it off.
- I am not going to go into what happens if you have a clogged drain as by doing this each month I am trying to prevent this from happening.
- Locate the access point for the drain line. Mine is a PVC pipe on the air handler in the garage. The technician showed me exactly what to do. It has a slip cap that I remove in order to pour 1 cup of distilled vinegar in it. I allow it to sit at least 20 minutes. I can be sloppy so I use a funnel to pour the vinegar in the drain.
- I start boiling 4 cups of water. Once 20 minutes has passed I pour the water through the funnel. Be very careful doing this because the water is hot and can splash back. Pour it slowly.
- Then I put everything back together again and turn the A/C back on. Don’t forget to do that.
If you are in doubt about doing this, you should contact a licensed air conditioner contractor for any advice and lessons. Please do not do anything to cause injury or damage. I wrote this to give you an idea of how to do a simple in-between maintenance on your air conditioner and to show you anyone can do it.
Thank You Anthony’s for keeping me cool. This is not a sponsored post. I have done business with Anthony’s for many years and can not be more satisfied with the great service and products.
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