AIR CONDITIONER MAINTENANCE 101

Summer is on it’s way! Have you serviced your air conditioner? The last thing you want to discover is that your air conditioner isn’t working properly when the sun is heating up your home. Just like any mechanical system, your air conditioner requires regular inspections and maintenance to ensure it’s running properly and most efficiently.

Tip 1. Clear away leaves and debris

Over the fall, winter and early spring, when your A/C unit isn’t running, debris can gather around the unit and obstruct airflow to your cooling system. This will force your air conditioner to work much harder than it should, decreasing efficiency and driving up your energy bill. Clear away any leaves, grass or weeds that might be gathering around the unit to prevent this.

Tip 2. Replace filters

Just like a furnace, you should be changing your air conditioner’s filter regularly. A dirty filter will restrict airflow and decrease your A/C’s efficiency. If you smoke, have pets, have a drafty home or experience fluctuating temperatures, you should change your filter more frequently. Forcing your unit to work so hard could cause other costlier issues in the future. Take the time this spring to replace your old filter with a brand new one.

Tip 3. Check the drain line

When your air conditioner is running, it starts to create some excess moisture that is drained from your home via a drain line. While your unit is running, look for a small amount of water draining from the line. There shouldn’t be too much water, but if you see none at all it probably means you have a clog. This will have to be fixed. Learn how to service an air conditioner.

Tip 4. Schedule your annual inspection and tune up

The best thing you can do to ensure your cooling system is working safely, properly and at peak efficiency levels is have a professional HVAC technician give your air conditioner an inspection and tune up. An air conditioner is made up of many different components that all work together to help cool your home. If one of these components fail, the entire system will fail. Having your cooling system serviced regularly by a professional will ensure you encounter fewer problems and help prevent costly repairs. You should have your air conditioner serviced annually or according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

Tip 5. Consider an air conditioner replacement

Do you have an older air conditioner that continues to break down and is not energy efficient? You might save money by having it replaced. Have you noticed your home is still too hot in the summer when the AC is running hard? That means it’s consuming expensive energy and still not doing its job. At some point, that old unit isn’t worth the cost of repairs and should be replaced with an energy efficient model.