Every homeowner knows that replacing your air conditioning unit is no small fee. There are things a homeowner can do to better maintain their air conditioning unit. By following these steps, hopefully the air conditioner can run its expected life cycle or maybe even a few years longer.
Air Conditioning Filters
Cleaning or replacing the air conditioning filters will help ensure that your air conditioning unit is running at full capacity. It may also help to lower the amount of energy that your unit uses, which will in turn lower your monthly electrical bill. As a good rule of thumb, filters should be replaced every month or two, especially when the air is being run frequently. Choosing not to replace or clean the air filter can result in dirt being directly carried to the evaporator coil, which will affect the coil's heat absorbing capacity.
Not every air conditioning system's evaporator is accessible, but if yours is, it is recommended to clean it once a year. The entire underside of the evaporator can be cleaned with a stiff brush. The evaporator should slide out a little, if you can't reach to the end. A mirror that you can hold may also help you to see what you are doing. You will also want to clean the tray below the evaporator. Bleach can be used to help prevent growth of fungus.
The condenser is usually located outside the house. Because of its location, it is more likely to accumulate dirt or debris from outside elements. One simple way to maintain the condenser is to make sure to trim any grass, weeds, or vines that may have grown around it. You can also use commercial coil cleaner to clean the coils. During the winter, or any months that your unit is not being used, it is a good idea to cover the condenser and use a sturdy cord to keep the cover in place. This will protect it from the winter weather and any debris.
Before you to turn on your window units, make sure you inspect the seal between the window and the unit. The seal should connect with the metal in the air conditioning unit. Over time, moisture can damage this seal and allow cool air to escape.
Hiring a Professional
It is always a good idea to call in a professional like Aire Serv Heating & Air Conditioning when your air conditioning unit is responding in a manner that you don't know how to fix. In addition, it is not a bad idea to have a technician look at your unit to tune it up at the start of each summer season.
Regular maintenance now can save you a lot of money in the future.