Mastering DIY AC Maintenance for Optimal Comfort


Proper maintenance of your air conditioning system is crucial for ensuring peak performance, energy efficiency, and longevity. While professional services from companies like Frank Gay Commercial Services, LLC are recommended for complex repairs and installations, there are several DIY tasks you can perform to keep your AC unit running smoothly.

Air Filter Replacement

  1. Locate the air filter in your HVAC system, typically behind a return air grill or in the air handler unit.
  2. Note the size and type of filter before purchasing a replacement.
  3. Turn off the power to the HVAC system for safety.
  4. Remove the old filter and replace it with the new one, ensuring proper orientation.
  5. Turn the power back on and enjoy improved air quality and efficiency.

Outdoor Unit Cleaning

  1. Turn off the power to the outdoor unit for safety.
  2. Remove any debris or vegetation around the unit, allowing for proper airflow.
  3. Use a garden hose to gently rinse the coils and fins, taking care not to damage them.
  4. Apply a specialized coil cleaner if necessary, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  5. Once dry, turn the power back on and enjoy improved efficiency.

Thermostat Optimization

  • Ensure your thermostat is set to the desired temperature for maximum comfort and energy savings.
  • Consider installing a programmable or smart thermostat to automatically adjust temperatures based on your schedule.
  • Keep the thermostat away from direct sunlight, heat sources, or drafts for accurate temperature readings.

Professional Services

While DIY maintenance can help extend the life of your AC system, it’s essential to schedule regular professional services from reputable companies like Frank Gay Commercial Services, LLC. Their experienced technicians can handle complex tasks such as:

  • AC repair and replacement
  • HVAC installation and retrofitting
  • Ductwork inspection and cleaning
  • Refrigerant recharging and leak detection

By combining DIY efforts with professional expertise, you can ensure your AC system operates at peak efficiency, providing optimal comfort and energy savings throughout the year.