Air Conditioning Maintenance

Do you know that maintaining your air conditioner properly not only saves money on your utility bills but also prevents you from incurring heavy repair costs when one of the parts suddenly stops functioning? In fact, experts are of the opinion that regular maintenance is the key to make an air conditioner function at its peak efficiency. The best time to conduct the yearly maintenance of your appliance is before the cooling season begins. The components of an air conditioner that require proper maintenance are the air conditioner filters, the air conditioner coils, the coil fins, the condensate drains, the window seals in case you have a room air conditioner.

It is possible to take care of your air conditioner all by yourself and if you want you can also call in the service of an expert professional. However, at least once in a year it is a good practice to get in touch with a HVAC professional because they know their job well and can detect the exact problems. While during other times you can do some of the maintenance services by yourself.

In case you undertake the job of maintenance at home without the aid of a professional, the first thing that you need to do is go through the manufacturer’s manual so that you do not end making up big mistakes. Some of the things that you can do to take care of your system are the following:

• You need to clean dust or move away objects from the grates that supply air to each of the rooms.
• Collection of leaves and debris should be removed from the outside unit of the system which include the condenser unit grille.
• You should carefully examine crawl spaces for leakage of air
• There should be no shrubbery at least anywhere within a distance of two feet from the unit
• The thermostat mode should always be set to cooling in case of air conditioners to ensure that the system is working well
• It is a good practice to replace the air handler unit at least once in a month to reduce airflow restrictions and wasted energy
• The condensate line should be clear to allow liquid runoff

One more thing that you can keep in mind is that you might cover the outside unit of your air conditioner with a piece of cloth during the winter season. This way you can protect the unit from the winter weather and other debris.

When your air conditioner requires more than regular maintenance you will need the help of a trained HVAC technician so that the unit gets the best of care. However, when you call in a technician keep in mind these things.

• The technician should check for the right amount of refrigerant
• They should check for refrigerant leak using a leak detector
• They need to measure the airflow through the evaporator control
• It is mandatory that they inspect electric terminals, oil motors and check the accuracy of the thermostat
• They ought to verify the electrical control sequence and ensure that the heating and the cooling system do not operate at the same time.

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