Following a few routines and simple household maintenance chores could pay off more than having air conditioning maintenance schedule mode often. These simple tips will not only help you to stay super cool during summer but also will avoid emergency breakdowns. Best of all, these tips will save more money on your energy bills.
It is a known fact that a well-maintained air conditioning unit will run more efficiently with less energy and with the less current bill. A perfectly maintained air conditioning system will get less repairs and will last longer before needing to be exchanged.
However keep in mind that, while few maintenance tips can be done by the average homeowner, few should not be done the people who don’t have any proper training and a license. If you are not sure with performing maintenance tasks, then it best to call an expert to do it for you. Before you start any DIY things on air conditioning system, know and follow, all the safety precautions. Mainly, while you perform any work on your outdoor AC unit, first, shut down the power to the electric unit at your electrical box.
Tip 1: Replace or Clean Replace Air Filter
Air filter replacing in air conditioner unit or cleaning it( if you have a reusable filter) is one of the main AC maintenance things. It’s better to do this process every month during the summer season.
For changing the AC air filter, first, check where it is placed in your unit.
It could be located either at blower compartment of furnace or behind the return air grille on a wall
While this air filter becomes full of dirt or dust, then airflow will decrease. The air from the unit also become dirtier, causing few health issues like allergy for those residing in the home.
Tip 2: Check Components and Wiring
It is always needed to turn off power to the unit before you start working on an air conditioner, which can be done at the main breaker panel of your home. For checking our old wiring issues,
remove the condensing unit access panel see whether there are any signs of overheating. If you have an electrical test meter, then you could even verify the capacitors in the unit.
If you see any of the major problems related to components and wiring, then call a local heating and air conditioning expert to do the work for you.
Tip 3: Check Thermostat
Have a test on your system thermostat to make sure it is working properly and maintaining the right temperature in your home. If your system consists old mechanical type thermostat, then you may want to consider replacing to a programmable model.
Tip 4: Examine Condenser Unit Fan
Initially, turn off the power your air conditioner unit, and check the fan mounted on the outside condenser unit to make sure that it is in good condition. If there are any cracks, then replace the fan blades. It is also best regularly oil the motor bearings of the fan If you have an older air conditioner unit.
Tip 5: Clean Outside Unit
As dust, dirt will build up on the outside unit of the air conditioner, it would decrease the system capacity and can reduce the air flow. So, after turning off power to the unit, use a garden hose to gently wash out the debris. Never use the power washer, and so not bend or damage the delicate coil fins.