Air conditioner maintenance helps you save money that you could have spent on repairs. Regular maintenance allows you to detect brewing problems before they advance and shut down your system entirely. It is important to have an HVAC specialist inspect your air conditioner once summer is over as it helps you carry out repairs if necessary. Below are some of the things you need to check off your checklist to ensure your air conditioning is in perfect shape.
Clean or Change Your Air Filters
A clogged or dirty air filter may cause your air conditioning unit to draw more electricity as there is insufficient airflow, leading to increased electric bills. You should ensure you routinely check your air filters for clogs or dirt and clean them when necessary. Your user manual provides you with a step-by-step guide on cleaning and replacing air filters in your specific air conditioner model. Ensure that you turn off the power to your unit before you begin servicing the unit to avoid accidents such as electrocution.
Have Your Air Conditioner Tuned-Up
Having an HVAC specialist check your air conditioner and check for any loose parts ensures the unit functions efficiently. A specialist will check whether each unit is in good working condition and repair all the parts that require fixing immediately. They will also carry out preventative measures ensuring your air conditioner operates at peak performance and with maximum efficiency. Having your unit in good working conditions helps you avoid unnecessary and avoidable repairs in the later months.
Vacuum Out the Unit
Dirt and dust are likely to accumulate on your unit, in your vents, and in your ducts over time if not cleaned. Vacuuming these areas allows the air conditioner to pull air through the system easily. You will also have a chance to inspect the pipes for any holes or leaks that may need to be repaired by our specialist. Cleaning your indoor AC unit enables it to work efficiently and helps you avoid an increase in your electric bills.
Clean the Condenser Cabinet and Coil
Twigs, grass, and other debris can accumulate outside your condenser cabinet or sometimes even get sucked into the cabinet. This dirt and debris can affect the air conditioner’s performance or even create wear and tear, resulting in your system breaking down. It is essential to clean the cabinet to avoid such occurrences, and while you clean it, ensure you also clean the condenser coil. Failure to clean the condenser coil can result in a decrease in the cooling capacity of the air conditioner, resulting in increased energy costs. Placing a breathable mesh on your AC when you’re not using it can prevent infiltration by twigs and other debris.
Clean the Evaporator Coil and Condensate Drainage System
Dust is likely to accumulate on your evaporator coil and lead to airflow restriction, reducing the air conditioner’s efficiency. Cleaning the coil helps prevent air restriction and also prevents the growth of fungus, such as mildew on your coil due to moisture. As you clean the coil, you should also check the drip tray below it and the condensate drainage system. A clogged drain may result in the backup of the condensate into the air handler and aid in the growth of mildew and algae, which are a health hazard.
Clear the Area Surrounding Your Outdoor Unit
Weeds, shrubs, and bushes may grow in the area surrounding your outside unit, and they may eventually cover it. You should ensure you trim these obstructions as they may hinder efficient air supply to the unit. You should also dust the unit to remove dirt and debris as this will improve the system’s air supply. Good airflow within your air conditioner ensures it is not overworking and reduces energy consumption, saving you money.
Check the Electric Connections of Your AC
Poor electric connections or damaged electric lines can be fire hazards in your house. It is essential to ensure you carry out an inspection of the air conditioner’s electrical system. If you notice any damaged wires or wires that lack insulation, you can contact a specialist to fix or replace them. This helps you maximize your safety as you use your cooling system hence avoiding unforeseen accidents.
Inspect for Abnormal Odors and Sounds
Foul odors coming from your air conditioner may indicate a leak or an animal that died inside the system. You could turn off the system and try to remove the dead animal yourself if you can see it. The other option is to contact a specialist to come and check the problem out. If there is a leak is in your AC, they will promptly repair or replace the damaged pipe. This helps you avoid costly repairs incurred when the air conditioner eventually breaks down.
Lubricate the Fans
Fans and other bearings may wear down if not frequently lubricated. Lubricating these parts reduces wear and heat between the surfaces. This helps keep your air conditioning system in good shape and avoid issues such as your fan not running. It also prevents disturbing noises such as screeches caused by parts that have no grease.
Reprogram Your Thermostat
The end of summer can result in a home with fewer people visiting, especially during the day. You can reprogram the thermostat to function at specific times when the house has an occupant. This goes a long way in saving on energy that would have otherwise gone to waste. It will therefore end up saving you more money as energy consumption will be efficient. You will also get the opportunity to confirm that the thermostat is functioning as it is a crucial part of every unit.
Replace Old Air Conditioners
Old air conditioners are likely to consume more energy compared to newer units. They are also prone to damages and may require frequent repairs making you spend more money. High-efficiency central air systems are easier to maintain, and they also help you save on your electric bills and money spent on repairs. At Holbrook Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer reliable air conditioner replacement services, and we guarantee satisfaction.
Listen to the Unit as It Runs
Listening to your air conditioning unit run helps you identify peculiar sounds that it may produce. Sounds such as rumbling and rattling could indicate a damaged or a loose part that needs tightening in your air conditioner. Our specialist can promptly come to diagnose the parts that need tightening, repair, or replacement. They can then fix the issue before it advances and causes permanent damage to your system.
When you are looking for end-of-summer AC maintenance in Upstate NY and the surrounding areas, Holbrook Heating & Air Conditioning has well-trained professionals that can help. We provide affordable heating systems and air conditioner installation, repairs, and replacements to meet your home comfort needs. We also offer reliable emergency services, among other services. Contact our staff today for more information on our services or schedule an appointment.