Your central air condition system helps keep your home at the right temperature. Your AC system may seem to run itself most of the time; however, it actually needs a little care and attention in order to continue to thrive. Paying attention to your air conditioning system will help extend the life of your system and will help ensure you system doesn't just run, but runs as effectively as it can.
#1 Clean Around The Outside Unit
First, you are going to want to clean the outside unit a couple of times a year. If you have landscaping planted near the outside unit, trees and branches can start to crowd the outside unit. Even if you don't have vegetation intentionally planted around the outside unit, weeds may still pop-up near the unit.
At least a couple of times a year, take some time to trim back any nearby bushes and trees. Pull up and remove any weeds around your outside unit. Rake up and remove any leaves or twigs.
All that vegetation can get in the way of your condenser working properly. Ideally, you don't want to have any vegetation within a few feet of your condenser unit. This will help with the air flow and circulation, and will ensure that the grill doesn't get clogged up with vegetation and debris.
#2 Clean Off the Outside Unit
You can also clean off the outside portion of your AC unit. This is really easy to do. First, you are going to want to turn off the power to the AC unit. Then, bring out your shop vacuum and use it to clean the grill, which is the area around the sides of your AC unit. After that, check out the shapes of the fins around the sides of the unit. If any fins are bent, use a knife to straighten them out. Be careful though; don't insert the knife too far into the unit.
After that, remove the screws holding the fan in place, and use a cloth to wipe off both sides of the fan blades. While the fan is off the unit, take your hose and spray through the fins from the inside out. This will help remove any remaining debris and dirt from the fins.
Additionally, hire a residential AC maintenance professional to inspect your home air conditioning system at least once a year. A yearly inspection is one of the best ways to ensure that your system is working properly and continues to work properly.