The hot weather may be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean that your air conditioner maintenance responsibilities have ceased. Protecting your air conditioner is a year-round job. These tips will help you protect and maintain your air conditioner this fall and winter, during its off season.
Clear Away Dry Leaves and Dead Plants
Dry leaves and dead plants from this year's growing season can become caught in the fins and on the inside of your air conditioner condenser.
If you have just purchased your first home, you will soon discover how important it is to regularly check on appliances and structural features within your house. Maintaining your furnace is necessary to help reduce the amount of service calls you may need to make to make repair. Here are some steps you should take before turning your furnace on for the cool season in an attempt to keep it running properly until springtime arrives.
If you are looking ways to save money on energy costs this fall, you need to make sure that all the plumbing and wiring holes on the outside of your house are properly sealed up. This will, in a small way, help reduce your energy costs. As an added bonus, sealing up around these holes will also help you keep pests and insects out of your house as well.
Find The Holes
If the insulation that is surrounding the tubing or pipes connecting the outside component of your air conditioning system to your home has become worn out or rotted, make sure you change the insulation. This will help keep your tubing safe and working at maximum capacity.
Poor Insulation Leads To Higher Energy Costs
When the lines running from your outside air conditioning unit to the inside of your house are not properly insulated, condensation forms on the outside of the lines.
If you have a boiler-style heating system that uses water rather than steam, there is an important maintenance task you should be completing about once a year – bleeding the radiators. When you bleed the radiators, you are letting out any air that has worked its way into the system, so the water is able to fill the radiators completely. Here's a look at the signs that your radiators need bleeding, and how to go about that process: