The moment you decide to keep your air conditioner working well, you will surely save energy and money. Repair can be expensive at times when you have to contact a professional. Even though there are instances when costly repairs are unavoidable, you can go ahead and troubleshoot the system before calling a professional. In most cases, the problem is something you can fix. Here are some tips to help you maintain your air conditioner.

Examine the Ducts

 For homeowners who feel comfortable climbing into their attics, they can check out their ducts to ensure that the air is smoothly coming out of them. If the ducts are dirty, they will block air from flowing. Cleaning the ducts will allow free flow of air in the room.  In most cases, a register could have been accidentally closed partially or maybe all the way. In that case, conducting a cursory check will help in showing if the air is flowing well through the ducts.

What to Do If It Doesn't Cool Well

Sometimes your air conditioner can run, but it doesn't cool well. The reason for this could be some filter issues. The first step is to ensure the filter located in the air handler has been cleaned properly so that it gets a proper flow of air.

You need to turn off the power unit of the conditioner and remove the front door of the air handler cabinet so that you get easy access to the filter. Then, you can pull out the filter for cleaning or replacement if necessary.

Consider Taking Care of Your Condenser

In many instances, the condenser is usually located behind the house. Consider clearing away the leaves, trimming bushes, and cutting down the weeds nearby. You can then use commercial cleaning solutions to clean the coil and then flush it. Additionally, remove the grill and have the fins cleaned with a brush. During the cool months, you can cover the unit so that debris is prevented from entering your condenser.

Taking Care of the Puddle of Water Just next to Your Furnace

When the air conditioner operates normally, moisture will be generated in the form of condensate. This water will be collected in a pan and flow out in a line into a condensate basin or a floor drain. If there is an accumulation of water, then that signifies a disconnection or blockage of the tube.  You can inspect the tube for disconnections, clogs and crimps. Also, if that water flows into the sump basin, make sure the sump pump is in a good working condition.