Nearly all literature related to air conditioning, from brochures to user guides, emphasize the importance of regular maintenance and timely repairs. Here are a few things you need to know about air conditioning maintenance, and why performing some maintenance tasks yourself can help with scheduled professional maintenance.
- Filters Require Routine Replacement – Air conditioning filters need to be replaced every one or two months to ensure consistent performance and efficiency. Clogged filters block the airflow, resulting in reduced output that makes it longer for the room to reach the desired temperature. The dirt can also be carried into the evaporator coil and affect its performance. AC filters are designed to be user-replaceable, with instructions in your care and maintenance manual. Some models even include reusable filters, so make sure to consult your user guide before throwing that filter out.
- Clean the Condensate Drains – The condensate drains carry the excess moisture that passes through the coils, which helps route the excess moisture from the room and keep excess humidity out. Keeping the drains clear often requires running a length of flexible wire into the tubes, similar to running a plumbing snake down the kitchen sink drain. Others may require a cleaning solution to remove stubborn solids. If these simple solutions don’t work, consult an HVAC professional.
- Inspect the Window Seals – A sealed environment helps minimize heat intrusion that could lead to higher energy consumption. This is why weatherstripping and insulation need regular attention. Make it a habit to inspect the seals between the air conditioning units and the windows every spring, as moisture and low temperatures can damage the seal and create leaks. Make sure to have this addressed by a professional before the summer season.
- Scheduled Professional Maintenance Is Important – More complicated maintenance and repair work, such as checking for refrigerant leaks, looking for wear and tear, and inspecting electrical connections, are best left to professionals, as you risk damaging the air conditioner or voiding its warranty. When hiring an HVAC professional, make sure they are properly licensed, and have a proven history working on successful air conditioning installation and repair work.
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