Regular Maintenance of Your A/C
There is nothing worse than a poorly functioning air conditioner during a hot summer day. Regular maintenance of your air conditioner will not only help you detect potential problems but also increase the life and energy efficiency of your unit.
Tips to increase the life of your air conditioner:
Clean around your air conditioner
The outer condenser coils may get dirty or clogged over time, resulting in your unit working more and increase your electricity bill. Ensure good airflow to the unit by cleaning the area around the condenser and cutting off all vegetation within two feet of the unit.
Change the air filter regularly
Each month check the filter of your unit, cleaning it and replacing it when necessary. Keeping the filter clean helps reduce your air conditioning’s power consumption by 10 percent.
Keep the condensation line clear
This pipe drains moisture created by the air conditioning. A clogged drain can cause moisture problems in the home. To keep the drainage free of mold and mildew, apply a little chlorine for domestic use.
What the technicians should check when giving maintenance to your A/C
Check the amount of refrigerant present
Check that there is no refrigerant leakage
Store any refrigerant evacuated from the system instead of releasing it to the atmosphere
Check for leaks in the ducts in the central systems and seal them correctly
Measure the air flow that goes through the evaporator coils
Verify that the electrical control sequence is correct and ensure that the heating system and cooling system can not operate simultaneously
Inspect the electrical terminals
Clean and tighten the connections
Apply oil to the engines and check the condition of the belts
Check the accuracy of the thermostat