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The benefits of a spring HVAC tuneup are well documented, but caring for your air conditioner isn’t a one-and-done kind of scenario. Here are a few things you should check each month during the AC season to ensure cooling efficiency and avoid HVAC repairs in your Broussard home. Remember to turn off your AC system before you undertake any DIY work.

Indoor Unit

Your indoor unit holds the evaporator and blower. Inside the evaporator, the refrigerant absorbs heat from your interior air. Cooled air returns into your home while the refrigerant carries the heat to the external unit. Here are some DIY maintenance tasks that ensure your indoor unit functions properly:

  • Check the condensation line to make sure it is dripping outside of the house.
  • Make sure there’s no water accumulating around the interior unit.
  • Clean or replace AC filters.

Outdoor HVAC Unit

The external unit contains the condenser, compressor, and fan. It’s in your outside unit that the heat absorbed from your indoor air gets released. Here are several ways you can protect your exterior unit:

  • Gently clean the outside of the unit with a hose.
  • Trim shrubs and plants back for at least a 2-foot area to make sure they don’t interfere with airflow.
  • Rake away leaves, grass clippings, and other debris to ensure they don’t get caught in the outdoor unit.
  • Check to make sure the pad your outdoor units sits on is level.

Regular DIY care throughout the summer season goes a long way toward keeping your AC unit up to par and in good working order. There are, however, some maintenance tasks that you should leave to professionals. If you’re uncomfortable doing some of these DIY tasks, or if you haven’t yet had your spring AC tune-up, check out the maintenance services we offer at Fontenot’s Air Conditioning & Heating or give us a call at (337) 706-9469.