Having regular inspections done this summer help improve the efficiency of your air conditioner. Not only will you give yourself the best chance at staying cool all summer and avoiding emergency breakdowns, but you will also save money on your energy bills. A well maintained air conditioning unit would run more efficiently, use less energy, and cost less money to run. Properly maintained systems will last longer before needing to be replaced. If you are not sure how often to inspect the air conditioner, make sure to contact us, and we can advise you on the correct schedule.
Importance of Air Conditioner Maintenance
Replacing your air conditioner air filter is important. If you have a reusable filter, then cleaning it is one of the most important regular maintenance. It should be done every month during high-use seasons, as well as once during the fall and spring. You can locate the filter behind the return air grille on a wall or ceiling in a central room of the house. Also inside the blower compartment of the air handler, or in a slot on the side, bottom, or top of your system. When the filter becomes full of dust, dirt and allergen particles, the airflow will decrease. This will make your system work harder than it should have to. The air flowing through your system may also become dirtier, dustier, and prone to triggering allergy and asthma symptoms.
Before working on an air conditioner, always start by turning off the power to the unit. Do this at the service disconnect on your outdoor unit or at the main breaker panel of your home. Next, remove the access panel on your condensing unit and see if you see any signs of overheating. This can included melted insulation on wires, blackened or burned-looking wires.
Also do inspections for the thermostat to make sure it’s working properly and keeps your home at the right temperature. If you have an older, mechanical type thermostat, you may want to consider upgrading to a programmable model. A programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature higher when no one is home. It also will cool the house down about 30 minutes before people arrive home for the evening. That way you will always have a comfortable home waiting for you. You will also save energy and money by not having your air conditioner running all day when no one is at home.
Over time leaves, dirt, grass clippings and the like will build up on the outside of the air conditioner unit. This results in decreasing system capacity and reducing airflow. Regular inspections can help improve the efficiency of the air conditioning unit.