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End-Of-Season AC Care Tips from The Maynard

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It’s true, you may still be using your air conditioner for another month or so, but The Maynard Man likes to make sure our customers are prepared.

With the official end of summer a handful of weeks away, temperatures will begin to cool and it will soon be time to breathe a sigh of relief, open those windows, and enjoy the breeze until winter comes.

Before that happens, we want to make sure you’re not neglecting any central AC services in Nashville that could lead to a malfunctioning cooling system next year. What can you do to weatherize your AC?

Change or Clean Your Air Filters

Did you know the air filter in your cooling system is there to protect the cooling system itself? Many homeowners believe it’s there to protect your indoor air quality, and while a dirty air filter doesn’t help your indoor air quality, it’s actually more detrimental for your air conditioner.

The air filter works to trap dust and other debris as your indoor unit pulls in heat from your living space. Once it gets too clogged, that airflow is restricted, hurting system efficiency. Since this air filter is commonly shared with the furnace, changing it out regularly (every 1-3 months depending on the type of filter and level of contaminants in your home) is imperative to overall HVAC functionality.

Clean off the Air Handler

The air handler is in the indoor unit of your air conditioner—often housed in the basement or garage of your home. After a long summer of circulating conditioned air throughout your living space, the coils and fins accumulate dirt.

This is something our technicians address during spring maintenance, but giving your air handler a good wipe down before you turn it off for the season is a good proactive step to take.

Protect the Condenser Unit

This is the outdoor unit of your air conditioner. There are a number of things that can accumulate around it—lawn mulch and clippings, branches, leaves, etc. Your condenser unit should have at least a foot of space all the way around it so it can properly expel hot air that’s come from inside your home.

When it comes to the end of the summer season, once the weather has cooled enough it’s a good idea to cover this unit. Though snow is rare and mild in the Nashville area, ice and other byproducts of winter weather can have a negative impact on your condenser unit.

Check the Drain Line

When your air conditioner runs, it removes moisture form the air. This moisture is collected in the condensate pan before being drained out of your home by the drain line. At the end of the season, it’s a good idea to take a look at your condensate pan and drain line to ensure there are no blockages and that it’s all clean. You may want to hire a professional for this task.

Need a Helping Hand, Call the Maynard Man! We are The Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Energy Expert.

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