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A Guide to Keeping Your Air Conditioning System Clean

Dirt affects your air conditioning system in more ways than you may expect. Your air conditioner cools down your home by removing heat through the process of refrigeration, in which refrigerant absorbs heat from the air in your home and releases this heat outdoors. Even a small layer of dust can be an impediment to this process, and can decrease efficiency and harm performance. Keeping the system clean is an important part of maintaining this large mechanical system, so here is our list of recommendations.

  • Change or clean the filter: Experts recommend that you change or clean the filter every month, or up to 3 months depending on how often you use the air conditioner. This allows for maximum airflow to your system, which is necessary for it to perform properly and to prevent the system from freezing.
  • Keep debris away from the outside unit: The outside evaporator coil is responsible for allowing heat to dissipate from the refrigerant to the outside air surrounding the system. It must first draw in air in order to accomplish this, which is not possible if there are bushes, trash, furniture or other debris in the way. Keep such objects far away and trim back the hedges around it so the AC can operate correctly.
  • Call for professional maintenance: There are some parts of your air conditioner you just are not qualified to clean without the proper expertise. Experts can clean off the outside evaporator coil without damaging the system so that it is able to release heat efficiently. An air conditioning technician may also clean off the thermostat sensor, the blower components, and/or the indoor coil if necessary in order to keep your system in peak shape. Schedule air conditioning maintenance as early on in the season as possible.

Contact the air conditioning professionals at VOGT Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for quality services in Minneapolis, MN. Call our friendly technicians 24/7 for exceptional customer service!

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