We all know that ACs are necessary for us to stay comfortable in the summer. But what many people don’t realize is that not taking care of your AC can be detrimental to its performance and even potentially cause serious damage. So, before you start closing up your house for the season, make sure you’re doing everything right with your air conditioner! Read on to find out mistakes you should never do when it comes to caring for your AC unit. Taking care will help you in the long run and you won’t have to repair your AC every now and then.
1) Never cover an air conditioning vent with anything.
This basically means you should never block the vents with a bookcase, table, or poster. Blocking airflow can cause your AC to work extra hard and even damage it over time if the problem continues on for too long. You should never block the intake vents, either.
Never cover an air conditioning vent with anything. Blocking airflow can cause your AC to work extra hard and even damage it over time if the problem continues on for too long. You should never block a vent’s intake or output as well.
2) Never turn off the power switch on a window air conditioner
This is especially important when the AC is being used in a vacation home, where power outages are likely to occur more often than usual. If you turn off your window AC’s switch every time after use, then there won’t be any strain on the unit when an outage does happen and cause problems with your AC.
Never turn off the power switch on a window air conditioner when you’re done using it for vacationing or another temporary stay: doing so will reduce strain and potential damage to your AC unit during an outage that is more likely to happen with such use.
3) Avoid using bleach-based cleaners on coils and fins.
Bleach can damage your AC’s coils and fins over time, rendering the unit much less efficient than it needs to be for you to stay comfortable in the summertime. You should clean them with a solution of vinegar instead! It really is that easy to take good care of your AC unit if you know what you’re doing.
4) Keep water from condensation away from electrical components.
If you’re using your AC in a single-story house, then water from condensation can drip down and cause major problems with the electrical components. This is especially true if they get wet enough to short out or corrode over time—which would require expensive repairs! To avoid this problem, make sure that any fans are turned so that they direct the water away from any electrical components.
Electrical shortages can cause damage to your components, so avoid water from condensation and keep any fans that are placed near electrical components turned in a way to direct the water away.
Keep all of these tips in mind next time you’re using an AC unit! These simple things can help ensure you get as much out of it as possible without having to deal with problems that can arise from doing things you shouldn’t with your AC.
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