If you’ve installed a split AC unit, congratulations! You selected one of the most efficient cooling solutions on the market. Since efficiency usually translates into dollars saved, mini splits are also a cost-effective way to cool your home.
In some areas of the country, cooling season is already in full swing. It’s still not too late to take care of summer maintenance for your unit.
Cover the items on this checklist before things heat up. You’ll go a long way towards maximizing efficiency. You might even add a few years to the lifespan of your AC unit.
Dust the Outside Unit
While there are several things only a qualified professional should take care of, keeping the outside unit clean is something the average homeowner can do without assistance. Keeping the unit dust and debris-free helps prevent particles from making their way into the system components.
It’s as easy as dusting off the outside unit with a soft cloth and a gentle cleanser once a week. At the same time, check the vents to make sure they’re not clogged.
Time for a Power Down
After cleaning up the outside, you’ll want to target the inside of your AC unit. You can do it! But before you get started, power down every system component.
It’s a safety step meant to protect you and your cooling equipment. Skipping this vital step could result in damage to your split AC unit. You also run the risk of electrocution.
After ensuring you turn off the power to each system component, you’re ready to clean.
A Little More Cleaning Action
An essential part of summer prep for any cooling system is cleaning the air filter, cooling fins. and the coils. You should also clean the pipes running between and outside of the unit.
You can use a garden hose to clean the coils and condenser. There’s a specialized kit you can buy to clean the outside parts. Should you prefer someone else do the grunt work, you can call a professional to provide this service.
What Else Should Routine Maintenance Include?
If you’re performing summer prep on your mini-split AC, you’ll want to make sure it works, which may include tightening loose pieces (screws and bolts). Sometimes you’ll need to replace an air filter or the coils.
What happens when you check for issues, and you find something serious? That’s the ideal time to call in an HVAC professional.
Is Your Mini Split AC Unit Ready for Summer?
Owning a mini split AC practically guarantees your living space will feel cool and comfortable all summer long. It’s when you ignore routine maintenance that you put your system at risk for reduced efficiency and major repairs.
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