Easy Maintenance for Air Conditioners
Air conditioning units are an essential investment for your home. They’re also an expensive investment which is why maintaining your unit is crucial. Air conditioning units last for an average of 10-15 years. To get the maximum life span from your air conditioning unit, follow these ten steps below.
1. Inspect and Replace Filters
Clogged filters block normal air flow and reduce efficiency of your unit. Make sure to inspect them every 30-60 days, which is about when they need to be changed. Use your best judgment! If they filter is not very dirty, let it go for a bit longer. However, make sure you check it more frequently.
2. Clean Evaporator Coils
Evaporator coils collect dirt and reduce airflow. Check it once before summer starts to make sure there is no build up.
3. Schedule a Tune Up
Our technicians at Superior Comfort can make sure your air conditioning unit is in perfect working order. At Superior Comfort, we provide the following air conditioning maintenance:
- Check for lingering and developing problems
- Check for correct amount of refrigerant
- Test for refrigerant leaks using a leak detector
- Capture any refrigerant that must be evacuated from the system, instead of illegally releasing it to the atmosphere
- Check for and seal duck leakage in central systems
- Make sure that your heating and air conditioning units cannot operate at the same time
- Oil motors
- Check belts
- Insure the thermostat is monitoring temperature correctly.
4. Clean Coil Fins
5. Condensate Drains
From time to time, pass a stiff wire through the unit’s drainage channels. Clogged drains prevent a unit from reducing humidity. Excess moisture can discolor walls and carpet and lead to dangerous black mold.
6. Prepare for Winter
Either cover the air conditioning unit or remove and store it. Covering it protects it from winter weather and debris.
Updating the settings on a thermostat is another small home maintenance that can assist efficiency of the air conditioning. Investing in a programmable thermostat allows you to adjust the air conditioning temperature setting so that it raises when you’re away, saving you money and wear on your air conditioning unit.
8. Home Maintenance
It might sound surprising, but insulating your attic can help prevent air conditioning units from overheating. When you insulate your attic, you remove excess heat that your air conditioning unit will not longer need to combat. Plus, you’ll save money on your electric bill in the winter.
9. Barbecue Outside
Grilling outside is not only a great way to spend your summer, it can also reduce the chance of overworking your air conditioning unit with excess heat from the kitchen.
10. Dirty Ducts-Clean ’em Up!
Dirty ducts can block air flow and leaky ducts can cause moisture damage.
Call a technician at Superior Comfort today to make the most of your air conditioning unit!