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Looks like it's time to bid farewell to another hot, humid summer and welcome a cooler season. But before you say goodbye, give your air conditioner a good cleaning to thank it for its hard work these past few months. AOL's Mr. Fix-It Eric Stromer shows us how...

An important thing to remember:
Call a technician if you have a defective condenser or any problems with the refrigeration system -- this is a closed system that you should not attempt to repair without the aid of a licensed provider.

And of course, the cleaner your air conditioner, the less maintenance you'll have in the long haul. As with all appliances, keep your unit clean, tidy and up to date on all repairs and/or maintenance checks. You'll be glad you did when next summer's heat wave hits!

Speaking of air conditioner's, consider a fun (and green!) way to garden with the last few days of air conditioner use you've got...

  • Phil

    This is a great post, and it should be pointed out a lot of these principles hold true for smaller window and wall mounted units, as well.

    Be sure you change your filters! A clean filter will improve air flow, which in turn will improve efficiency as well as overall effectiveness, as well. Some units also have filter sensors on the air handler (inside your house) that will indicate when a filter should be checked or cleaned but in general a standard 1" filter should be changed about every 3-4 months, and 5" 'media-box' filters every 12 months, though this is greatly dependent on usage levels, of course.

    Phil From

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