Routine AC Maintenance Tasks and When to Call A Pro
Just because your AC is off doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be thinking about it. Right now is the perfect time to have any maintenance work done on your AC unit without having to deal with the uncomfortable heat. Plus, having your maintenance done in the off season means quicker appointment times.
Your central air conditioner, like most central ACs, has two components. Outside your home or commercial property, you have a condenser. For a home, this is generally located in the backyard on a concrete slab, though some homeowners are following the example of many businesses and using a rooftop unit. Inside your home, generally above or near your furnace, you have the evaporator. Each has its own maintenance needs.
Easy DIY AC Maintenance
Here are two ways you can help ensure your AC is functioning well.
Clean Around Your Condenser
Vegetation and debris can build up around your condenser. After a storm or when your plants grow taller, you should check the area around your condenser, trim back any vegetation that is within two feet of it, and remove any debris. When mowing the lawn, make sure clippings don’t blow towards the condenser, clogging it up. This helps ensure proper airflow to the condenser and keeps it working properly. If dirt or debris is trapped inside your condenser, a trained HVAC specialist can clean and service it for you.
Replace or Clean Filter
Your AC filter should be replaced every couple of months while the unit is in use. If you have pets, allergies, or children with allergies, you may benefit from replacing or cleaning your filter more frequently.
Replacing your filter isn’t just about indoor air quality. It can help your unit work more efficiently, saving you money on your electric bill, and also protect your air conditioner.
Before heading to the store to purchase a new filter, be sure to check the size that you need and do a quick google search to ensure you are purchasing the one that will work best with your unit or for your home or business.
Not all filters are easy to locate or replace. If you find that yours is located in an awkward location or that it is difficult to access, have a professional replace it or clean it for you while they perform other maintenance tasks on your unit.
AC Maintenance For the Professionals
Maintenance within AC units calls for a professional. If you have experienced poor AC quality, a professional AC repair technician can help diagnose the issue. Clogged components, damaged components, and low coolant levels can all affect how well your AC works. These kinds of fixes, however, require a professional with the right tools and knowledge.
While the Internet has popularized DIY fixes, when it comes to electrical components and machinery, a trained and licensed professional is the safest bet.
To ensure a long life and maximize energy savings, you should have your AC unit checked yearly. Yearly maintenance can keep your unit functioning properly longer and also help locate any issues sooner. Building a rapport with a reliable, highly-trained air conditioner repair contractor can make your life easier. Let’s face it, in Florida, we rely pretty heavily on our AC units. Protect your investment and keep your home comfortable by having your AC unit checked yearly.
If you’re ready to schedule an appointment with a Brevard County AC repair company, give Page Air, Inc. a call. We’ll be happy to arrange a visit and help ensure your family or business stays cool when it counts.