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Keeping Your Cool: How to Maintain Your Air Conditioning System

Living in a tropical climate, keeping your cool can become a significant challenge. Especially as we begin the summer months, many homeowners in Florida are seeking ways to maintain their air conditioning systems effectively to stay comfortable in the sizzling heat. 


Ensuring the efficiency of your AC involves regular cleaning, checking for issues, and timely professional maintenance. All these factors contribute to extending the lifespan of your system and reducing energy bills. This is where Frank Gay Services steps in. 


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Understanding the Basics of AC Maintenance 


Air conditioning systems consist of various components working in harmony to produce cool, dehumidified air. From air filters and coils to fins and drains, there are a lot of moving parts that can go wrong. Therefore, every part needs proper maintenance to keep the entire system functioning smoothly. 


Here are key elements of effective AC maintenance that we’ll be covering: 


  • Regular cleaning and replacement of filters 
  • Inspection and cleaning of AC coils 
  • Checking and clearing the condensate drain 
  • Straightening and cleaning AC fins 


Extending the Life of Your Filters 


One of the simplest yet most effective maintenance tasks you can perform is regular cleaning or replacing of air filters.  


Dirty, clogged filters block normal airflow,  

significantly decreasing your system’s efficiency. 


Regular filter changes not only maintain your AC’s efficiency but also improve indoor air quality. Allergy sufferers and those with respiratory conditions will greatly appreciate the clean air that a well-maintained filter can provide. 


The Art of Coil Maintenance 


Over time, the AC’s evaporator and condenser coils collect dirt. A clean filter prevents the evaporator coil from soiling quickly, but it will still collect dirt over time. This dirt reduces airflow and insulates the coil, hindering its ability to absorb heat. 


By checking your evaporator coil annually and cleaning it as necessary, you can ensure that your air conditioning system runs efficiently. 


Importance of Clearing the Condensate Drain 


When your AC unit is in operation, it creates condensation which exits the unit through a drain line. Over time, this line may become clogged with dust, dirt, and mold, causing water to back up into the unit or even your home. 


By regularly checking the drain and clearing it of any obstructions, you can prevent these potential issues from occurring. 


Caring for Your AC Fins 


Your AC unit has a set of fins that cover the coils and protect them. These fins can become bent over time, which can restrict airflow. By using a tool called a fin comb, we can straighten these fins and improve the overall performance of your AC unit. 


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When to Call a Professional: Frank Gay Services Can Help 


While basic cleaning and maintenance can be done by homeowners, certain aspects of AC maintenance require professional expertise. This includes tasks like: 


  • Checking refrigerant levels 
  • Testing for leaks 
  • Inspecting electric terminals 


As a homeowner, you might not be familiar with all these components. Moreover, some tasks could even be dangerous if not performed properly. Hence, it’s wise to leave these tasks to professionals. 


At Frank Gay Services, we understand the importance of a well-functioning AC in hot climates, and we are committed to offering top-notch services. Our highly trained technicians can handle all aspects of AC maintenance to ensure your system runs smoothly and efficiently. 


Contact us today and let us help you maintain your AC system to keep you cool all year long. 



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