8 Air Conditioner Parts You Can’t Afford to Neglect

Proper maintenance of your A/C system can decrease your electricity bill and help you avoid costly repairs. Here's what you need to know.

7. Refrigerant

An A/C’s refrigerant level should be checked and adjusted as needed. The DOE states:

Too much or too little refrigerant will make your system less efficient, increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment.

The DIY Network notes, however, that checking refrigerant levels is one task for which homeowners don’t have the necessary tools or skills.

8. Exterior unit

The exterior portion of a central A/C system should be checked for debris periodically during the cooling season.

The DIY Network suggests removing debris by hand or with a wet/dry vacuum after the fan cage has been removed.

For more money-saving A/C tips, check out “19 Ways to Beat the High Cost of Air Conditioning.”

Does your A/C get a tuneup every year? Do you DIY or hire a pro? Let us know by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook page.

Karla Bowsher
Karla Bowsher
I’m a freelance journalist and former newspaper reporter who has covered both personal and public finance. I've worked for a top 50 major metro daily and a community newspaper as well as ... More


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