Don't Have An Air Conditioning Unit Fail During The Summer

Posted on: 24 August 2017


It is very important to maintain your air conditioning system. Everyone always wonders why air conditioning systems break down during the hottest months of the year, and the answer is simply that this is the time the most stress is placed on the air conditioning system. If you have not maintained your air conditioning system properly you may find that your system does in fact go down. So, there are a few different things that you can do that will go a long way in helping your air conditioning system stay up and running for as long as possible.

Air Ducts

One of the most commonly overlooked aspect of an air conditioning system are the air ducts through the home. If you have ever turned on the air conditioner and noticed a dust then you have major problems in the ducts. Sometimes the problem only is noticeable with an increase in upper respiratory infections due to dust and mold being in the ducts. The dust and the other debris that builds up in the ducts can cause the air conditioning system a lot of strain because it blocks off the flow of the air. The ducts should be cleaned a few times a year with a powerful vacuum, but should also be cleaned by a professional at least once every other year.


Any amount of dust or debris getting into the moving parts of a system is a very bad thing. Even the smallest amount of dust could cause a great deal of damage to your air conditioning system. Be sure that you are changing your filters often. The good news is that filters are relatively cheap and the installation of a filter is usually very simple. Every unit is a little bit different but, changing out the filter is simple.


The little unit that sits on the outside of your home is the compressor and without it, you would not have cold air in the home. However, many people forget about the compressor since it is outside. Cut back all plant life that is surrounding the compressor, and open it up to clean out all of the debris. Straighten out the fins so there is free flowing air through the compressor. The last thing that you want to check is that the compressor is completely level so the coolant can flow through the coils without being interrupted in any way. 

For more tips, reach out to a professional at HVAC companies like A-1 American Services.