In the middle of the hot summer, you rely on your air conditioner to keep you cool and calm. The last thing you want is for your air conditioner to suddenly quit working, right when you need it most. Although most air conditioners can last for at least 15 years with good upkeep, doing these six things will help to ensure the best efficiency for every year.
1. Replace Air Filters
There is so much that your HVAC system provides for you, and it asks for very little in return. Replacing the air filters, for example, are a simple task that help to keep your system running coolly throughout the spring and summer. Check your air filters, which should be easy to access from your interior unit. Some models can be cleaned and put back in the system, while others must be replaced. The guidelines on the filters will tell you if you need to replace them every 1-3 months. By changing them out every time they get dirty, you stop clogging the system with dirt, which can damage it.
2. Ensure Plenty of Airflow
Your air conditioning system needs a great deal of airflow in order to stop problems from occurring. If there is not enough airflow coming through the air filter, the evaporator coil might not be able to remove heat from the air, which can then be circulated throughout the ductwork. Inadequate airflow around the exterior compressor/condenser unit may make it harder for the heat to be released, so that the refrigerant can be cooled and sent back inside the home. Keep the air filter clean, and trim back hedges around the exterior unit to provide at least 12” of space on all sides.
3. Use Equipment Efficiently
It does not take an HVAC expert to understand that the harder you work a system, the more likely it is to have problems. You have to be careful about the way you use your air conditioner, especially if you like your home particularly cool. Buy and use a programmable thermostat, and create settings that you can live with. This will allow your system to cool the home at appropriate times of the day, using the least amount of energy and force. If you focus on reasonable cooling throughout the day, and rely on other methods such as a ceiling fan to help you feel cooler, you can avoid putting as much pressure on the air conditioner.
4. Schedule Annual Service
There is only so much you can do for your air conditioner that does not call for an expert hand. You might not know that there are problems with your air conditioner, because they are not severe enough to attract your attention. This is what professional service is designed to do. Professional maintenance for your air conditioner involves inspecting all components, lubricating moving parts as needed, recharging refrigerant and cleaning anything that has become dirty. A little work goes a long way to improving your air conditioner output.
5. Inspect for Problems
At least every month or so, ask yourself how your air conditioner is working. Pay attention to things that do not seem right, such as a bizarre sound or smell coming from the unit. If you notice that the air conditioner seems to be cycling on and off too frequently, do not wait until it stops providing adequate cooling to address the problem. A short cycling air conditioner can eventually run the motor into the ground, which is an expensive component to replace. Outside of a service call, your HVAC technician relies on you to know that something is up.
6. Protect During the Winter
During the winter, you may not have to do anything to protect your exterior unit from ice and snow. Just remember not to cover it with anything that is not breathable. If you worry that the unit will become covered in ice, ask your HVAC technician about a special cover for it. Other materials can cause the unit to rust, ruining the interior components.
You get what you put into your air conditioner, and upkeep will help your unit last a long time.
If you are looking for AC repair in Brookfield or the surrounding suburbs, please contact Allan E Power Plumbing, Heating and Cooling.