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Keeping Central Air Conditioning Working Properly

Proper maintenance of a home's central air conditioning system is crucial for its efficiency and longevity. Here are some key maintenance tasks:

  1. Regular Cleaning: Clean or replace the air filters every 1-3 months. Dirty filters can restrict airflow and reduce efficiency.

  2. Clearing Debris: Regularly inspect and clear debris, such as leaves and twigs, from around the outdoor condenser unit to ensure proper airflow.

  3. Coil Cleaning: Clean the evaporator and condenser coils annually. Dirty coils reduce the system's ability to cool efficiently.

  4. Check Refrigerant Levels: Inspect refrigerant levels annually and adjust if necessary. Low refrigerant levels can indicate a leak and reduce cooling efficiency.

  5. Inspect Ductwork: Periodically inspect ductwork for leaks, which can waste energy and reduce cooling performance.

  6. Check Thermostat: Ensure the thermostat is functioning correctly and calibrated to maintain desired temperatures efficiently.

  7. Professional Inspection: Schedule a professional inspection and tune-up annually. A trained technician can identify potential issues early and ensure the system operates at peak efficiency.

Regular maintenance not only improves the performance of the central air conditioning system but also extends its lifespan, reduces energy consumption, and helps prevent costly repairs.

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