In order to keep your air conditioning unit running efficiently, here are some tips to keep its maintenance in tip-top shape.
"¢ Do clean your AC unit often.
"¢ Do keep the unit slightly pitched to the outside of your window or building to prevent rain and/or condensation from leaking into your home.
"¢ Do replace worn-out units with new units bearing the Energy Star logo "“ it's the mark of efficiency.
"¢ Do have a professional do a thorough cleaning and lubrication of your unit's motor every three years or so.
"¢ Don't go cheap "“ it will cost you in the long run.
"¢ Don't use an extension cord to run your unit "“ the longer cord will drop voltage to the unit and make it work harder.
"¢ Don't keep plants near the unit.
"¢ Don't use bricks, wood, or other objects to support your unit in the window "“ it's probably a good idea to have it mounted on proper brackets. It makes sense and is more secure. Please follow manufacturer's instructions and building safety codes.
"¢ Don't use sharp objects to clean out your unit "“ they can cause damage to condenser fins and cause leaks.
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