Just as there are certain things you can do to maintain your own health and things you need to leave up to your physician, there are some things you can do to ensure the health of your air conditioning system and things you need to have professionals do. Obviously, you want your system to last as long as possible and do as good a job as possible. Those results don’t just happen.
What Can I Do to Maintain my Air Conditioner?
The first thing you can do to make sure your system is working well is to pay attention to it. Just as in your own health, changes in your air conditioning system can be dramatic, or they can be incremental in nature—slowly getting worse but not getting noticeably bad enough to alert you until the problem gets bad enough to get your attention. Let’s look at some of the ways you can help your system.
The simplest way to maintain your air conditioners efficiency is to periodically clean or replace the air filter. This can also help you avoid the problems that go along with dirty air filters, such as dirty cooling coils that can freeze up and even cause water leakage. Filters need to be cleaned or replaced every one to two months.
Cleaning or replacing air filters helps your system stay clean for longer periods of time, but eventually enough dust and dirt accumulates to require attention. The evaporator coil must absorb heat to work properly, but it can’t do a good job of that if it’s dirty. This coil is located within the unit inside your house, and it can be cleaned during a professional tune-up. The condenser coil is located outside the house, and it can become dirty or blocked by grass, foliage, dirt, and even ants. Keep the area around your outside unit clean, and it can e serviced during a tune-up as well.
AC units can produce 10 – 20 gallons of water a day during the summer, and all that water can create a huge mess if the drain clogs up. To prevent this from happening, pour a cup of bleach or drain cleaner into the drain monthly during the cooling season. If there is no place to pour the bleach, your AC professional can add one at very little expense.
Simply paying attention to your air conditioner will help you notice if anything seems off. Listen for strange noises, note the consistency of the temperature in your home, and just be aware of any abnormalities. If you notice something out of the ordinary, be sure to contact an air conditioning repair specialist at AC Genius. Additionally, schedule regular maintenance checks with AC Genius to ensure your AC unit is working at its full potential.
When Should I Call an Air Conditioning Repair Company?
If you discover an issue with your air conditioner you cannot troubleshoot on your own, you need to call a professional. With something as important as your air conditioner, it’s best to have professionals check things out.