Air conditioning (AC) is one of those things you tend to take for granted until it suddenly stops working during one of our sweltering summers.
To avoid this unpleasant situation, be sure to take care of your air conditioning system by not only carrying out owner maintenance but also investing in an annual tune-up and inspection. These simple steps can improve efficiency and durability.
Air Conditioning Tune-Up and Inspection
If you haven’t had a professional inspection for a long time, it may be a good idea to get one. The Department of Energy (DOE) reports that good air conditioner maintenance can save you money and energy. Have one of our trained professionals check all connections and make the necessary repairs that will help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
Air Conditioner Condenser
All central air conditioners have an outdoor component called a condenser. It is important to keep this unit clear of any sticks, leaves, and other debris that may restrict airflow. Make sure everything is clear at the beginning of the summer, and then check it periodically to keep the surrounding area clear. You can also take a garden hose and gently spray the fan to remove any leaves or branches caught in the blade, being mindful of the fan’s delicate fins.
Air Conditioning Filters
Changing filters on a regular basis will also make your air conditioner’s job easier by allowing air to move effortlessly through the unit. If the filters are clogged, the system will have to work harder to get the air moving, which will cause parts to wear out and decrease the efficiency of your systems.
Filters come with different ratings, called MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value), based on their ability to capture particles in the air stream. Our professionals can help you choose the right filter for your particular system. Also, remember to change your filter every 90 days, more if you have pets or a smoker in your home.
Air Conditioning Repair Problems.
If your air conditioner starts making an unusual sound, or if you detect an unusual odor every time the motor turns on, call a repair team for an inspection. Experts can detect a minor problem before it becomes a major issue. Have someone inspect your air conditioning unit and ductwork to ensure everything is working properly in your home.
Air Conditioning Refrigeration
Dealing with refrigerant problems should be left to one of our professionals. If you notice leaks or suspect that refrigerant levels are too low, you should schedule an appointment right away.
Refrigerant must be maintained at a certain level and pressure, which our experts will check during aircon servicing. Because refrigerants are typically regulated substances, you will need a professional to handle any recharge. Remember that leaking refrigerants can be a major environmental problem.
Air Conditioner Ice Buildup
If you notice ice or snow accumulating on the evaporator coils, you probably have a circulation problem. Turn off the system and defrost it. Then check the filters, ducts, and other possible blockages and restart the system. If this does not solve the problem, call us so we can resolve it.
When the air conditioner continuously turns on, then turns off, then turns back on, this is known as short cycling. If you notice that your air conditioner is cycling too often, it could be a problem with the thermostat setting.
If your thermostat is broken, consider replacing it with a smart thermostat that can help you operate your HVAC system more efficiently and help you save money in the long run. Of course, short cycling can also be due to other issues, so call our experts to help diagnose your particular problem.