June Home Maintenance To-Do List
By: Danny Lipford
To-Do #6: Air Conditioner Maintenance
It’s important to keep any shrubs pruned back at least two to three feet around your central air conditioner to allow the unit to perform efficiently.
Wait until the unit isn’t running before pruning, and be careful not to damage the delicate aluminum fins on the outside of the unit. Pick up and dispose of any limbs or clipping when you’re finished.
Algae, mold, and mildew can build up inside your air conditioner condensation drain line, causing it to clog and water to back up inside the air handler unit.
To keep this from happening, pour a cup of bleach in the access opening in the drain line (located near the AC unit) every year to kill any algae, mold, or mildew in the pipe.