3 Tips To Keeping Your AC Unit In Mint Condition This Spring
Spring is here, and with that, you’re ready to turn your AC unit back on and cool the house down in preparation for those long hot summer days.
To get ready, you’ll want to make sure your air conditioning unit is in top-notch shape. It’s better to be prepared than to have your unit break down on a 90-degree day! Keep your air conditioner in good working order this spring with a wrench and a little bit of elbow grease.
1. Check Your Air Filter
We don’t always think about the air filter until an issue arises, but making sure it’s in good shape is critical for keeping your unit up and running.
By regularly checking your air filters you can avoid buildups of dirt and dust accumulating and restricting airflow. More importantly, you can curb those springtime allergies by cleaning the air filter, and keeping it free of pollens!
Your centralized air unit is easy to take care of when you use the correct maintenance. Keeping an eye on your unit’s energy efficiency and cold air output can help you know when to change it.
How Do I Know When to Change It?
First, don’t hesitate to call your local HVAC company for air conditioning maintenance services. Also, if you’ve checked the filter on your air conditioner unit and aren’t sure whether it’s time to clean it, there are a few other issues to look for.
First, make sure airflow isn’t restricted through your vents. If your vents don’t seem to be putting out enough air flow, there’s a good chance its time to change that filter.
Next, make sure there is no visible dirt buildup on the filter. Even if it seems clean, there may be pieces of dust stuck to the filter. Wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove extra buildup.
2. Check Your Ductwork
Have you heard of duct leakage? A lot of people haven’t! Duct leakage occurs when your ducts aren’t properly sealed. The air that is channeled through the ducts leaks out and lets warm air in.
The end result is that your air conditioner system has to work overtime to cool the house down, and you end up wasting a lot of money! Pretty terrible, right?
Maintain your AC unit and keep it working smoothly by checking your ductwork for leaks. Make sure all holes are cracks are properly covered up. You should also check for poorly connected ducts; gaps between the ducts can cause leaks as well.
You’ll need to hire the heating and cooling pros to make sure your ductwork is properly sealed, as it gets a bit tricky to DIY.
3. Check The Wiring
One big part of central air conditioning maintenance is checking the wiring and chilled water coils on your HVAC unit. This can be easily done, but can save you a lot of extra work later on!
To check the wiring simply remove the access panel and look for crossed wires, melted insulation, wires that have been burned, or any other red flags you might spot.
Make sure all the wires are properly and tightly connected. You can even check them using a test meter to make sure the capacitors are working fine.
If the wiring is looking sketchy, don’t feel that you need to handle it yourself. Call in an expert on central air conditioners to get your wiring sorted out.
Staying on top of your air-conditioning maintenance is important for having cool air blasting all summer long. Give us a call and we’ll make sure your AC is running perfectly.