Summer will be here before we know it. That means, we can finally say hello to backyard barbecues, beach days and sunny weather. But, if you are like me, one thing that isn't so great about summer is the hot weather. Although over the years my family has purchased cooling appliances, like air conditioners and electric fans, there's nothing worse than coming into your home only to discover that the air conditioner is broken.
But, I spoke to my dad, Mark, who used to be an electrician. We were laughing about the days I used to call him and complain about how my air conditioner had broken once again. He used to ask me if I had taken good care of it, even when it wasn't in use during the cooler months of the year. I told him I thought I had. But, my dad quickly made me realize that there are some routine maintenance steps I should follow to make sure my air conditioner is working all year long.
First, my pops said it was best to change the unit's filters on a monthly basis. He said doing so would prevent too much dust and other debris from accumulating. Mark also told me that it was a good idea to keep some extra filters on hand, because during the summer, hardware stores are likely to sell out of them.
One tip that my dad gave me was that once a year, I should have an air conditioning technician come over and clean out the unit's drain (I know, I was surprised air conditioners have drains, too!) Apparently, these technicians have high-pressure vacuums that get rid of particles that are keeping air from flowing freely.