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Five easy and useful tips to keep your AC running this summer

An informative article that will walk homeowners through some DIY maintenance techniques on their AC units.
Gina Blush, KSL Modified: June 5, 2014 at 3:02 pm •  Published: June 14, 2014

It’s always been there when you’ve needed it, quietly working in the background, to provide you with refreshing coolness. You’ve probably even taken it for granted a time or two. And this time of year when temperatures start reaching the nineties the last thing you want is your AC to quit.

But knowing just a few tricks can help ensure that your air conditioning unit will be working when you need it most, and save you money on repairs, or high energy costs.

1. Regularly Replace Your Filters

For the purposes of energy efficiency, and allergy relief, it is recommended that you routinely replace your air conditioners air filters at least once per month.

Replacement filters should fit snugly within the provided opening to avoid any efficiency loss. Low efficiency filters, those with an ASHRAE Dust Spot rating of 10 to 20 percent, should be replaced more often than higher efficiency filters.

Other types of filters on the market include reusable ones. These filters can easily be washed with your common garden hose. All filters, no matter the type, come in a variety of sizes and efficiency levels. If you’re not sure which filter is right for you, be sure and ask your air conditioning repair technician.

2. Clean Your AC’s Coils

Over time, your air conditioner’s evaporator coil, as well as its condenser coil will become a magnet for dirt and other airborne particles. Regularly replacing your filter, as mentioned above, will help prevent your evaporator coils from collecting dirt too rapidly which reduces your air flow.

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