Do you know how often you should be checking your air conditioner? Do you know what to look for, what parts to clean, or how to fix it? By the end of this page, you will have the knowledge you need to keep your A/C at its peak condition for as long as possible.


The most important form of routine maintenance for standard air conditioners is the system’s filter. A dirty or clogged-up filter can quickly eat up the efficiency of your system. Efficiency will be lowered by the filter allowing dirt and grime into the evaporator. When the evaporator gets clogged, it significantly lessens the cooling ability in the system.

Maintenance & Location

Cleaning or replacing your system’s filter can reduce energy use by almost 20%. Filters come in all shapes, sizes, brands, and qualities and need to be cleaned or replaced regularly. If you live in a location where the system is constantly in use, then you need to be cleaning it more regularly. If you live in a colder climate, then you will likely use it less, resulting in less maintenance.


There are a few side pieces of maintenance that, while not required, can still be beneficial. Take a moment to do a quick inspection of the fins on the side. This will tell you if any are bent or damaged fins which can be a nasty cause of airflow blockage. Thankfully they can be easily reshaped with a common tool. Most home maintenance stores and retailers will have a tool specifically for this, known as a “fin comb”. Check around nearby stores to see if they have any in stock.

Now, if you are unfamiliar with systems like these, that is completely fine. It is always better to leave it to the professionals. For any A/C repairs, installations, or tune-ups, give the pros at Whipple Service Champions a call. We will be happy to take care of any problems you might encounter.