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How To Take Proper Care Of Your A/C Window Unit

by Jill Jenkins

There are almost 100 million homes in the U.S. with air conditioning. Chances are you may be one of them, and you may have a window unit installed. During warm months, you want to be able to rely on your air conditioning unit to keep you and your family cool. If it quits working, you could spend tons of money hiring a professional to come out and fix it. In many cases, problems with your window unit could have been avoided if you had only performed simple maintenance procedures on it. By doing so, you can also prolong the life of your unit and ensure its performance. 

Clean Your Unit and Repair Coils

The first step to performing maintenance on your unit is unplugging it. The system does run on electricity and could electrocute you if not careful. Most units can simply be unplugged to remove the electricity running through it. 

One of the most common problems you will encounter with an A/C unit is bent coil fins. In order to straighten out the fins, you need access to a fin comb. You want to make sure the teeth on the comb match up to the fins per inch on the coils. Dust and debris can get trapped in the condenser coils. To effectively remove it, you will need to vacuum it out. Without getting the motor wet, you can spray off the coils to give them a thorough cleaning. 

Protect Your Unit

Window units are exposed to a lot of outdoor elements. They are also prone to being burglarized. Many window units contain copper which can be sold for top dollars. Theft of A/C units tends to spike during times when the price of copper is at its highest. To avoid theft of your unit, there are some precautions you can take. From installing a security camera that watches over the unit to equipping the unit with a GPS device, there are ways you catch a thief, should your unit get stolen. There are also alarm systems that can be attached to the unit to help scare away burglars. 

Have Your Unit Serviced

It is important to have your window unit serviced regularly so you can avoid potential problems. You system can lose up to 5% efficiency every year. By having it inspected by a professional like Provo Heating, you can get more efficiency from your unit. Many companies offer affordable preventative maintenance agreements that can save you money over time.