As the warmer weather approaches, your air conditioning system should function properly. Since many people tend to use the HVAC unit quite a bit in the warmer months, it is crucial to have it serviced and have an AC repair professional perform routine maintenance. The following helpful maintenance tips will prepare your home for warm weather.
Check The Coolant Levels
For efficient cooling, proper coolant levels must be maintained. Indicators of low levels are longer cooling time, the inability to produce cold air, rising utility bills, and ice build-up on the line. A repair technician can easily maintain desired levels and keep your home comfortable. A certified technician can also diagnose and repair any leaks
Properly Ventilate The Attic
Before the weather gets too hot, homeowners must check the attic and remove any clutter that prevents circulation. A clean, open space in the attic allows unobstructed movement of air to the vents, which can reduce the overall workload on the unit. With increasing workloads, you’ll notice wear and tear that will eventually need the attention of AC repair professionals.
Use A Digital Thermostat
Digital thermostats allow homeowners to better measure interior temperatures. Traditional models are less accurate. As a control component of the entire HVAC system, an inaccurate temperature reading could lead to over or underuse. Digital thermostats can also be programmed to change temperatures when you are away from home, resulting in lower energy bills.
Keep Bushes Trimmed
For homes with shrubs or shrubs planted near the outdoor condenser, it is crucial to make sure they are trimmed back and away from the unit as much as possible. Any blockage between the unit and the fan can impede the free flow of air. This will prevent efficient operation and could ultimately lead to a malfunction.
Check The Air Filter Regularly
To avoid costly air conditioning repairs, air filters should generally be changed approximately every three months. Due to increased usage during the warmer months, it may be necessary to check the filter more frequently. In unusually hot climates, achieving optimal performance may require a filter change every month. Clean filters are essential because they remove any potentially dangerous or large particles, allowing the system to function more effectively.
Overworked units can experience significant damage, requiring time and money to repair. Always have an HVAC professional check the system every two years to ensure operational efficiency.
If The Outdoor Fan Does Not Work
When the outdoor fan is not running, only hot air will be trapped inside the central air system causing it to overheat.
If The Utility Bill Is Unusually High
Whether due to frozen coils in the evaporator or a dirty filter, neglect and lack of maintenance lead to low-efficiency performance, causing increased power consumption.
If There Is A Lot Of Water Collecting Inside The Unit
The condensate line is likely clogged with debris, causing water to back up and flood the drip tray. This can be a potentially dangerous situation.