Clean Your Central Air Conditioning Units

Few routine chores will pay off more handsomely, both in comfort and in dollars saved, than a simple air-conditioner cleaning. The payoff: Summertime comfort and lower cooling bills. You’ll also prolong the life of your air conditioner. The most important maintenance steps are fairly simple, but if this is the first time you’ve cleaned the unit, allow about a half day to carefully work through the steps. If you’re not up to the task, call a pro. Cleaning and servicing a central air conditioner costs $100 to $250.

Key Takeaways:

  • With fall just around the corner, many of us can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
  • Your air conditioning unit survived another year, keeping your family cool throughout the sweltering heat.
  • With the cooler weather approaching, now is the perfect time to catch up on some standard maintenance for your central air conditioning unit.

“One simple trick from the Department of Energy is to use a stiff wire and occasionally feed it through the air conditioner’s drain channels to prevent clogs. If the unit is already clogged, the DIY network suggests using a dry or wet vacuum to purge the drain.”

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