Warmer weather is fast approaching, or at least hopefully it is, and you may be busting out the air conditioner in the next few weeks to keep things cool. Proper maintenance is key for optimizing performance and saving on energy bills. The more efficiently it functions the less power it requires. Here are just a few tips to keep your unit in tip top shape:
Repairing or replacing an air conditioner can be a costly proposition and regularly scheduled maintenance can head off this problem by nipping problems in the bud before they become more expensive ones and keeping your unit running longer.
Many companies offer agreements that come with a host of benefits, such as discounted services, guarantees on repairs, no overtime charges and special deals on replacement units.
According to Rapid Air Emergency AC repair, preventative maintenance offers many benefits such as ensuring the unit is running at optimal performance, finding issues or aging parts that may damage equipment, cut back on emergency repairs and minimize energy consumption.
Change the Filter
The filters on central air conditioning units should be changed at least every few months. Clogged filters block air flow, which reduces cooling capacity and increases energy consumption as the system has to work harder to cool the house to the desired temperature.
Like the filters, vents must be cleaned several times a year to maximize air flow and performance. If you haven’t done so, start dusting. Or consider hiring someone who can come in and do it for you.
Make Sure the Condensing Unit is Clear
This is the part of the air conditioner that draws air into the unit and as such, it is important there is nothing obstructing it. Remove any leaves or other debris. Make sure there is at least two feet of space between the unit and trees or bushes. If you have items stored in the area around it, such as your patio furniture or holiday decorations, be sure to check they are not blocking it.
If the coil looks like it could use a cleaning, have a technician do it as it requires the use of special chemicals.
Make sure the lawn sprinkler is not spraying the condensing unit.
Check Freon Levels
Air conditioners are not actually using the coolant, and as such, it would technically not require filling or changing. But, leaks and other irregularities, particularly on older models, could be a problem.
Check the condensate drain pains to see if there is any mold or other type of growth. If you see anything, you can clean it easily with bleach and water. Use a solution of 10 parts water to one part bleach.
Check the drain line outside to ensure they are clean and flow water freely without backing up.
Many of these tips are able to be performed by the homeowner but if you don’t feel you can do it properly, be sure to call a professional.