Preventive maintenance is important to keep your home’s air conditioning system running correctly and efficiently. During the warm months coming up, your air conditioner will be in heavy use, so it is very important to keep it maintained.
There are a few things that you can do yourself without calling a service technician. If you are a homeowner, it is very important to be familiar with your air conditioning system so that you can catch problems before they actually happen. You don’t want your AC to start failing when you need it the most.
Below is a list of maintenance procedures that you should conduct on your air conditioning system at least once a year. Your air filter is the only exception to this, as this needs to be replaced at least every three months.
- Replace Air Filter – Air filters should be replaced every 3 months at least.
- Clean Evaporator and Condenser Coils – Dirty coils reduce the efficiency of your air conditioning unit.
- Inspect and Clean Drain Line and Drain Pan – A clogged drain line or drain pan will end up causing you a huge mess!
- Lubricate Blower and Condenser Fans – Frans should rotate freely and will need some oil to do so.
- Inspect Electrical Wirings and Controls – Loose connections can cause your equipment to fail or start fires.
- Check Thermostat For Proper Operation – The thermostat should control the air conditioning unit properly.
- Inspect and Clean Air Registers and Ductwork – Dusty air registers reduce the airflow of your unit.
While you are in the process of maintaining your air conditioning system, be sure to keep an eye out for any loose parts or screws, along with the panels and the case of your AC unit for any damages. Make sure that your air conditioning equipment is clear of any obstructions.
Signs That Require Technician Service:
- The AC system is becoming energy inefficient. (Costing More To Run)
- Your air isn’t blowing as cold as it used to.
- Your AC unit is starting to make squealing or grinding noises.
- The AC system is starting to emit a foul odor or musty smell during operation.
- AC unit is starting to show signs of corrosion, rust, or deterioration.
- You are noticing inconsistency with cooling throughout your home or building.
Even though most air duct cleaning should be handled by an experienced technician, there is still a lot that you can do as a homeowner to ensure that everything stays working correctly, especially when you need it to. Changing your filters to making sure your thermostat is running properly, will ensure the best efficiency and prevent future problems.
Inspecting and maintaining your air conditioning system is also about just becoming familiar with your equipment, that way you are able to call a professional and be able to diagnose the problem before something ever goes wrong.
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