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Maintaining Your Home Air Conditioner

In the hot days of summer in Northwest Arkansas, a comfortable home is a top priority. Cool air from a reliable working air conditioner is essential. Most air conditioning units can last 10 to 15 years if they are correctly maintained.

Not keeping up with an air conditioner’s maintenance is the most common reason Air Control gets called out to customers’ homes for repairs and replacements. Time, repairs and even replacement costs can be avoided when an air conditioner receives proper maintenance and care.

Thankfully, there are several easy ways to maintain a home’s air conditioner that do not require too much time, effort or money. If you follow the steps listed in this article to keep the home air conditioner, you should have an AC unit that can make it through the hot months for several years.

How to Maintain an Air Conditioner

Maintenance is the key to getting the most use out of an air conditioner and prevent breakdowns. There are five steps to keep an air conditioner running efficiently for a long time: inspection, cleaning, changing filters, checking the insulation and a yearly check-up.


A general inspection of the air conditioning unit and surrounding areas is the first step in air conditioner maintenance. You do not have to be trained in air conditioning repairs and service to inspect a unit. Once you know a few things about the essential parts of an air conditioner, regularly inspecting the unit for any potential problems is easy.

For maintaining an air conditioning unit, inspect the following parts and areas two times a year:

· Surrounding areas

· Pad

· Overflow pan

· Outside lines

· Fins

· Belts

· Drain line

· Noises

Surrounding Areas