If your home has a central air conditioning system in place, then you probably enjoy the cool air that's delivered to each individual room of your house through a series of ductwork and vents. And while it's important to maintain all aspects of your home's air conditioning system, the largest and most expensive component is the compressor. This is the unit that is outside your home, most likely in your backyard or side yard.
By taking some lesser-known maintenance measures, you can keep your AC compressor running smoothly all summer long.
Take Control of Your Landscaping
Your compressor relies on free airflow to keep it running smoothly, so if there is any landscaping growing around this unit, you'll want to trim it back to ensure proper circulation. Overgrown shrubs, bushes, and weeds can impede airflow and cause the compressor to work harder in order to cool your home. Make sure careful trimming around your compressor is a part of your weekly yard maintenance.
Cover Up Your Compressor During the Winter
If you don't use your air conditioner at all for a few months out of the year, this is a good time to cover and wrap the outdoor compressor unit for added protection against the elements. Using a tarp or a cover specifically designed for your compressor model, wrapping your AC compressor can prevent rust and corrosion caused by moisture build-up.
Keep an Eye on Your Concrete Compressor Pad
When your air conditioning compressor was installed, the contractors placed it on a pad and made sure that it was completely level. Over time, however, the soil around your home can shift--and so can the compressor pad. If the concrete pad is no longer level, it's important to have this fixed; sitting at an angle that is off-level can cause pulling on refrigerant lines and coolant tubes, which can lead to expensive repairs.
Give Your Compressor a Deep Clean
Once a year, take the time to clean your compressor with mild detergent, warm water, and a scrub brush. Just be sure to cut off power to the unit before you begin cleaning. Removing debris can help your compressor run more smoothly and can prevent build-up that might otherwise damage the compressor's many moving parts!
These tips can help you keep your compressor running as it should. Just keep in mind that all of these maintenance steps should be taken in addition to scheduling an annual inspection and tune-up with an experienced and reputable air conditioning services.