How to Fix a Central Air Unit

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Is your central air conditioning leaving you hot and sweaty? If your central air unit is close to 15 years old, you may need to take action. Here are some tips that will keep you cool without the expense of installing a brand new system.

Things You'll Need

  • Furnace filters
  • Garden hose
  • Contact information for a certified professional

Fix a Central Air Unit

  • Check for hose leaks and ensure the "condensate tube" is draining properly.

  • Change or clean the furnace filter. This should be done every month.

  • Spray down the outside unit with a hose.

  • Keep foliage and tree limbs at least 1' away from the central air unit. Otherwise, the unit will not receive proper airflow.

  • Keep drapes and curtains away from registers to allow for good airflow.

  • Have a professional do an annual maintenance check.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always cover the outside compressor in the winter.

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