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A Guide to AC Maintenance: Keeping Your System Running Smoothly

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The importance of a well-maintained air conditioning system becomes more apparent during the hot summer months when temperatures can soar and humidity levels rise. To ensure that your AC unit continues to function at its best and maximizes its lifespan, proper and regular maintenance is crucial. Our certified technicians at C. Lee Services share a few steps you can take to keep your AC system in top shape.

Regular Filter Replacement

One of the simplest yet most effective maintenance tasks is changing the air filter. Over time and with continuous use, filters become clogged with dust and debris, hindering airflow and reducing your appliance’s efficiency. It’s recommended to replace or clean your AC filters every 1-3 months, depending on usage and filter type.

Clean the Coils

Both the evaporator and condenser coils in your AC can collect dirt over their lifespan. Dirty coils reduce the system’s ability to absorb and release heat, causing it to work harder and use more energy. To prevent this, clean the coils at least once a year. You can do this yourself with a gentle brush or, better yet, call professional HVAC services for a thorough cleaning.

Check the Thermostat

A faulty thermostat can cause your system to run longer than necessary, leading to higher energy bills. It’s crucial to regularly check and calibrate your thermostat. If you have an older model, it may be time for an upgrade to a programmable or smart thermostat, which can help optimize energy usage and save money in the long run.

Inspect and Clean the Condensate Drain

This component allows moisture to exit the system. If it becomes clogged, it can lead to water damage and increased humidity levels. A way to prevent this is by routinely inspecting and cleaning the condensate drain. You can use a mixture of bleach and water to flush out any algae or mold buildup. If the drain is difficult to access, it’s best to seek expert help.

Schedule Professional Tune-Ups

While there are quite a number of maintenance tasks you can perform yourself, scheduling an annual professional tune-up is essential. A licensed technician will check all components, including refrigerant levels, electrical connections, and overall system performance. This comprehensive inspection can identify potential problems before they become major issues.

C. Lee Services has years of experience providing top-quality AC repair and maintenance services to homeowners in Cleveland, OH and the nearby areas. You can trust our team of experts to help keep your cooling system in optimal condition, ensuring your home stays comfortable year-round. Reach out to us today to learn more about our host of HVAC solutions.

Do I Have to Be Home? We typically request that our customers, or an adult at the very least are home to grant us access to the pipes as needed, but they do not need to be home for the entirety of our visit on their property while repairs are being finished.

Will I Need To Move Furniture? Normally we won’t require our customers to move furniture or household items, but if there are a lot of items blocking access to the pipes, we will need to move some of them out of the way.

How Long Will You Need To Fix My Pipes? The time needed to finish our work is will be defined based on the damage we find in the pipes, and repairs can be as short as a few hours or a couple of days depending on what is required of our team.

When Do I Pay For Your Services? Customers will pay us for our repair and cleaning services after we finish our work on their property. In addition, we offer options for financing as needed.

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