Dealing With Furnace Problems

Dealing With Furnace Problems

Keep Your Cool: Essential Tips for Air Conditioning Maintenance

by Eliza Chapman

Summer is almost here, and the need for a reliable and efficient air conditioning system comes with it. However, many homeowners neglect regular maintenance of their AC units, resulting in costly repairs or even replacement.

Change the Air Filter Regularly

One of the most important things you can do to maintain your air conditioning system is to change the air filter regularly. This filter helps to remove dust, dirt, and other particles from the air before it enters your home. Over time, the filter can become clogged, reducing airflow and forcing your AC unit to work harder. This decreases its efficiency and increases energy consumption and wear and tear on the system.

Clean the Condenser Coils

The condenser coils transfer heat from inside your home to the outside. Over time, these coils can become covered in dirt and debris, hindering their ability to cool your home effectively. To clean them, turn off the power to your AC unit and gently brush away any visible debris using a soft-bristled brush. You can also use a low-pressure garden hose to rinse away dirt and grime.

Check Refrigerant Levels

Refrigerant is what makes your air conditioning system cool your home down. If there is insufficient refrigerant in the system, it will have to work harder to achieve the desired temperature, leading to increased energy consumption and potential damage. If your home feels less cool than usual, or you spot ice on the evaporator coils, it could indicate low refrigerant levels. In this case, it is best to call a professional to check and refill the refrigerant.

Inspect and Clean the Ductwork

The ductwork in your home distributes cool air throughout different rooms. Over time, dust, dirt, and other debris can accumulate in the ducts, reducing airflow and decreasing the efficiency of your air conditioning system. 

Schedule Annual Maintenance

Regular maintenance is crucial for keeping your air conditioning system in shape like any other appliance or equipment. It is recommended that an annual maintenance visit with a professional HVAC technician be scheduled before the start of summer. They will inspect all AC unit components, clean and lubricate moving parts, and make any necessary repairs or adjustments. This ensures optimal performance and helps catch any potential issues before they become major problems.

By following these essential tips for air conditioning maintenance, you can ensure that your AC unit runs efficiently all summer long. This will save you money on energy bills, extend your system's lifespan, and prevent costly repairs. 

Learn more from an HVAC company near you, like Century Heating & A/C Inc.


About Me

Dealing With Furnace Problems

A few years ago, I could tell that we were having serious furnace problems. In addition to dealing with a house that was constantly too cold or too warm, we were also plagued by a noisy, smelly furnace that seemed to have trouble on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I didn't know enough about furnaces at the time to spot the problems quickly. One day, the entire system died, and it was beyond repair. After having that experience, I learned a lot about HVAC systems, so that I could troubleshoot future systems. This website is all about teaching you what you need to know so that you don't end up in the same situation.