Some Do's and Don'ts for AC Maintenance

Advice and Guidelines

By Peter J. Grech

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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.

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" Don't use sharp objects to clean out your unit " they can cause damage to condenser fins and cause leaks.

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