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Summer Maintenance Tips For A Mini-Split Air Conditioner

Summer is here and the heat came with it. Texans and people all over the country are used to the summertime sweats, but thanks to modern technology, we have the convenience of air conditioning units to keep us cool and protected from excessive heat.

There’s nothing worse than sitting in your home or office in the sweltering heat with your clothes wet and sweat dripping down your face. Heating and cooling systems make our indoor environments more comfortable and tolerant for us, and whether you use a central a/c system, a mini-split a/c system, or any other HVAC system, you can be assured that you will no longer have to worry about the heat.

What is A Mini-Split Air Conditioner?

A mini-split air conditioner is a ductless a/c unit that provides the perfect solution for property owners who want to cool individual rooms instead of their entire property. The individualized heating and cooling controls reduce energy waste and gives you full control over managing the temperature in each room.

A mini-split a/c unit has two main parts - an evaporator unit which is the indoor unit and a condenser unit which is placed outdoors. The wall-mounted mini-split a/c unit does the same job as a window air conditioner and is found in homes all over the world to provide cool air in an energy-efficient way.

Does a Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioner Need More Maintenance In The Summer?

Air conditioning systems require maintenance throughout the year. If your unit is serviced and maintained according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, it does not necessarily require extra maintenance during the summer months, but there are some preventative maintenance tasks you can carry out to increase the efficiency of the unit and decrease the chances of something going wrong.

How To Maintain Your Air Conditioning System

  • Clean The Evaporator Coil - Dust and debris can cause serious operating issues for your a/c unit if they become trapped on or inside. Ensure that dusting and wiping your unit with a damp cloth is a part of your weekly cleaning routine for your air conditioner to prevent the buildup of dust and debris.

  • Ensure Your A/C Unit Is Not Blocked - Trees, garbage, and other items should not block your condenser or outdoor unit. This prevents proper ventilation and airflow and causes your unit to perform inefficiently. Routinely check for overgrowth and remove any blockages you find to keep your unit working well.

  • Ensure There is Adequate Space - Your a/c unit must not be crowded by furniture, art, trees, or other debris. Ensure there is enough space for ventilation around your unit in order for it to operate at its best. Each unit should have at least four feet of surrounding space in each direction.

  • Clean The Condenser Coil - Simply cutting away bushes and trees and washing down the outside of your condenser coil can go a long way in improving the performance of your unit. Ensure the surrounding area is always kept clean.

  • Replace Air Filters - The air filters in your a/c unit can become blocked by dirt if they are not replaced timely, which can make it hard to cool or heat your home effectively. Ensure your air filters are replaced once per month or based on your manufacturer’s guidelines to improve efficiency.

  • Get Your Unit Serviced by an HVAC Technician - An HVAC technician is the best person to carry out the servicing and maintenance of your a/c unit. He will look for blockages, leaks, electrical issues, change air filters, and more. The technician will know the proper maintenance tasks and protocols and can recommend the best routine maintenance options for your air conditioner.

The summer heat is brutal but it doesn’t have to be unbearable inside your home. Install a mini-split air conditioner and reap the benefits of cool, comfortable air. Contact Wright’s AC & Heat to find the right a/c unit for your home. Our experts are here to help.

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