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Air Conditioner Maintenance: Don't forget it

Aug 17, 2007
If you are like everybody else in the world, you will want your air conditioner to last as long as possible. These units can be very expensive to replace, so proper air conditioner maintenance is a must. By caring for your unit properly, you will be able to keep it for as long as possible. This will surely save you a couple thousands of dollars throughout the course of your life.

While trying to keep your air conditioner in tip top condition, there are a couple of tips that you will want to follow. They are as follows:

1. Make sure that you check all of the hoses for leaks at least twice a year. The best times to do this is before you turn your unit on for the summer, and just before you are ready to turn it off for the winter. This will allow you to find any problems before they get out of hand and make the necessary repairs.

2. If you have central air conditioning, it is important to keep the outside compressor as clean as possible. Of course it is going to get dirty because of natural occurrences, but by spraying it off with a hose every so often, you will be able to keep it looking new for longer.

3. In addition to the maintenance you do yourself, you should also have the ductwork cleaned by a professional every couple of years. This maintenance may not seem like a big deal, but it can extend the life of your air conditioner. Also, it will get any dust or allergins out of the ductwork.

4. During the winter months, make sure that you keep the compressor covered. By doing this you will protect it from cold weather as well as harsh conditions such as snow and sleet. When you are buying your air conditioner, ask the installation company if they also have a cover that you can buy. If they do, you should purchase one on the spot. This way you will always have a cover that fits your unit without hassle.

Air conditioner maintenance is very important if you want your unit to last a long time. Taking a few easy steps a couple of times a year can save you money in the long run as well as help you keep your cool!
About the Author
Lee Dobbins writes for http://www.homediy101.com where you can get more home repair and do it yourself tips along with more articles on air conditioning maintenance and repair .
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