Seasonal AC Tune Up

You get your oil changed on your car, right? Unlike your car, however, your AC system probably doesn't get much care. You may want to consider a seasonal tune-up/service by an HVAC technician, but if you don't want to have a pro come out, there are a few things you can do yourself: 

  1. Vacuum or blow out any dust, leaves, or debris that has accumulated in the exterior condenser unit over the winter and spring. 
  2. Remove the condenser cover/grill and wash off the aluminum fins with a garden hose, being careful not to bend or damage the thin metal. If some of the fins are bent, you can carefully straighten the fins with a fin comb. 
  3. Check the lines running into the house to make sure they are in good shape, and check the condenser unit to see if it's level and steady. 
  4. Look at the condensation drain line inside the house by the furnace to make sure it is draining correctly and not plugged up or damaged.