How to keep your air conditioner running smoothly in summer

With temperatures on the rise, the last thing you need is for your AC unit to stop working. This can be the case if you don't maintain your AC as you should. So here is what you can do to keep your cool and prevent a meltdown.


A central air conditioner utilizes an indoor air handler and an outdoor compressor. The condenser unit is typically located outdoors. This is the portion of your air conditioning unit that you’ll want to clean and maintain.









  1. Cut down any grass, weeds, shrubs or vines that have grown around condenser. These often prevent air from flowing properly to the unit.

  2. Check the pad where the condenser rests to make sure it's level. Set a level front to back and side to side on top of the unit. If unlevel, lift pad with pry bar and force gravel or rocks underneath to level it.

  3. Clean the condenser with coil cleaner (available at refrigerator supply stores or online.)

  4. Spray off the condenser periodically throughout summer to remove leaves, grass clippings and debris to allow air to flow properly.

Following these steps will ensure you have a smooth running AC unit all summer long!

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