3 ways to take care of your air conditioner

Key tips to remember

  • Replace the filters routinely
  • Get a professional check-up annually
  • Purchase a home protection plan
Maintenance and Repairs, DIY

Few things are worse than having air conditioner problems in the summer. As summer draws to a close, make sure that you're doing these three things to ensure you get through the last hot weeks of the year without any costly mishaps.  

1. Replace the filters 

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the most important thing you can do to maintain your air conditioner is to simply replace the filters routinely. Clogged or dirty filters block normal air flow which lowers the efficiency of the appliance. You should typically change your filter every month or two when you're running the air conditioner consistently. However, you may need to replace it more frequently if the unit is being exposed to pet hair or an abundant amount of dust.

Depending on use, change your air conditioner filter every month or two.

 

2. Get an professional check-up annually

If you have central air, doing your own routine maintenance on your air conditioner ensures its optimum performance, however, it doesn't replace a regular check-up by a professional. We recommend having check both the air and heating systems once a year. Not only will a professional be able to identify any problems, they will also likely notice if the appliance isn't running efficiently, which will increase your monthly bill. And while it may be tempting to avoid paying for a consult, it’s worth the price to know that your air conditioner is working optimally as well as getting some tips on how to save energy in the future. 
 

3. Purchase a home protection plan 

Doing what you can to prevent problems is smart, but it doesn't mean that you'll be able to ensure that unexpected problems won't arise. Protect your home against the problems that you can't prevent by purchasing a home warranty. A Cinch Built-in Systems plan will cover both your air conditioner and heater as well as ceiling fans, water heaters and other built-in systems. The plan offers home protection from problems caused by normal wear and tear, which is not covered by your homeowner's insurance.  


The information in this article is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.