Unleash Your Inner Handyman with DIY AC Maintenance

Looking to save some cash on routine air conditioner maintenance? Tradition Central Air, Inc. has got you covered! With a few simple DIY tips, you can keep your AC unit running smoothly and efficiently all season long. Here’s a rundown of what you need to know:

Clean or Replace Air Filters

Clogged air filters are a common culprit behind inefficient cooling and higher energy bills. Aim to clean or replace your filters every 1-3 months, depending on the type of filter and the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Clear the Condensate Drain Line

The condensate drain line removes moisture from your AC unit. If it becomes clogged, water can back up and cause leaks or even system failure. Pour a half cup of vinegar down the drain once a month to keep it clear.

Straighten Bent Fins

The fins on your outdoor condenser unit can become bent, obstructing airflow and reducing efficiency. Use a fin comb tool to carefully straighten any bent fins.

  1. Shut off power to the unit
  2. Gently run the fin comb along the fins
  3. Take care not to crush or damage the fins

Clear Debris from the Outdoor Unit

Over time, leaves, dirt, and other debris can accumulate around your outdoor condenser unit, blocking airflow. Use a soft brush or your vacuum’s hose attachment to clear away any buildup.

While DIY maintenance can help extend the life of your AC unit, it’s still important to schedule annual professional tune-ups with Tradition Central Air, Inc. Their skilled technicians can identify and address any underlying issues, ensuring peak performance and efficiency.