Owning your own home means that you have to develop at least a passing knowledge of a wide variety of maintenance tasks. Among the most difficult of these can be keeping your air conditioner functioning. With its many parts and complicated layout, air conditioning maintenance can seem daunting. The reality is, however, that there are several simple steps you can take.

Below, you'll find a guide to cleaning your air conditioner's condenser. This important part is frequently the source of breakdowns in your system, so by following these steps, you can prolong the life of your system, keep your air quality higher, and stay cool when the weather starts to get uncomfortable.

Clear The Fins

Your condenser is located outside because it's a large piece of equipment that generates a fair bit of noise, but this location makes it susceptible to a number of concerns. If you or those around you have trees that frequently shed large debris, you can quickly find yourself with a clogged condenser that doesn't operate the way you need it to.

Typically located on the side of the unit, your condenser's fins can be hiding all manner of seeds, sticks, leaves, and other outdoor items. Be sure to clean thoroughly underneath and behind the fins with a delicate brush, as doing so will guarantee full ventilation for your unit.

Check The Lubrication

Your condenser contains a number of fans that rely on solid and well lubricated belts in order to function. While some newer models have self contained and pressurized systems, many air conditioners still have standard fan belts that may require your attention.

You should consult with your manufacturer to find the right lubricant and the right amount for your particular unit. This will allow you to keep your fans running smoothly, reducing stress on you condenser motor and significantly lengthening the life expectancy of otherwise delicate mechanical parts.

Be Safe With Electricity

An air conditioner condenser is a large piece of machinery that draws in a great deal of power, and working on it without disconnecting the power is never a good idea. Once you go to reconnect the power, however, you should also be sure that you're safely grounded. Keep an eye on potential spots of water, metal, and other conductive materials, and always be sure to avoid large, industrial plugs until you're certain that the power to the location has been shut off at the junction box.

To learn more, contact a company like McGuire Plumbing & Heating Inc. with any questions or concerns you have.