Four things you should never do with your air conditioner
Your air conditioner is one of your most important (and expensive) appliances in your home. It’s hard to imagine life without these in our cars, offices, homes…you name it! With that said, it is important that we do all we can to make sure our air conditioners last a long time and perform efficiently. Of course there are things you should do, but what SHOULDN’T you do?
Here are four things you should never do if you want your air conditioner to keep running smoothly and efficiently.
- Never plant within two feet of your condenser. Blocked airflow is horrible for your air conditioner’s efficiency. Always allow proper clearance between your condenser and your plants.
- Never use registers, vents or doors for room-by-room temperature control. Your air conditioner is sized to cool a certain square footage. If you want room-by-room control, consider a zoning system.
- Never power wash your air conditioner. Although there are ways you can clean your air conditioner, a power washer should never be one of them. These can cause damage to your coil and result in a system breakdown. Schedule a condenser cleaning appointment with your local HVAC guy.
- Never attempt to diagnose problems with your air conditioner yourself. Air conditioners are never suitable for DIY solutions, NEVER. Always call a contractor.
One thing you should always do for your air conditioner is schedule spring preventative maintenance with your local heating and air conditioning contractor.
What are some of your air conditioning tips? Are there other things you would like to know about air conditioners?
I didn’t know that the condenser could get ruined if the air flow gets blocked. I wonder if that is why they have a lot of the air conditioners moved away from plants. It would make sense and help to keep the unit from having problems.
I like the recommendation to never attempt to repair the AC unit by yourself. It makes sense that attempting a repair or diagnostic yourself could lead to more damage to the machine. It’s something I’ll have to keep in mind for the next time my unit breaks as I want to make sure I have it for a long time.
Good heads up to never power wash your air conditioner. You don’t want to risk damaging it even more so a light spraying will do just fine.
I appreciate this article concerning air conditioners. It is good to know that one should never power wash an air conditioner. I did not know that this could cause serious damage to the system. Something to consider would be to hire professional help when it comes to cleaning and maintaining the air conditioner.
When it comes to air conditioning, I never realized that there were so many things not to do. There were a couple of things on this list that I have done that have caused me to break my A/C unit. I am totally guilty of power washing my air conditioner… I had to call an HVAC technician to come out and fix it, and I was super embarrassed.
It is good to know that one should never power wash an air conditioner. I did not realize that this method could cause damage to the coils. Finding an HVAC contractor to do repairs would be wise. Making sure the contractor is licensed would be best to ensure your home is protected during work.
I like the advice to never try to repair the AC unit by using your self. It makes sense that trying a restore or diagnostic yourself should lead to greater damage to the device. It’s something I’ll should hold in thoughts for the next time my unit breaks as I want to ensure I have it for a long term.
Standard situations when you try to fix the problem fast by yourself and, as a result, make more damage.