As the heat is finally arriving in Yamhill County, now would be a good time to start looking for air conditioning services to ensure your air conditioner is up to snuff. A central air conditioning system can provide years of satisfactory cooling with relatively little maintenance. However, a seasonal start-up check and periodic maintenance is recommended.
The amount of do-it-yourself air conditioning maintenance a homeowner can do is limited. However, there are a few steps that can help the system operate trouble-free and minimize the potential for consequential damage. Ensuring adequate airflow is perhaps the most important homeowner responsibility.
Homeowners can (following manufacturer instructions):
Clean or replace the filter(s) regularly.
Keep leaves and other debris off the condensing (outdoor) unit.
Keep the condensing coils clean by carefully brushing and hosing them.
Keep shrubs and other plant growth that might obstruct airflow at least 18 inches away from the condenser.