Air Conditioner Maintenance
Annual maintenance is critical to ensure that your air conditioner will operate efficiently and have a long service life. Some of the simple maintenance could be done by yourself, but you may also want to hire a competent HVAC contractor to do a complete maintenance on your cooling unit. The best time to do a tune-up on your central air conditioner is just prior to the summer season.
For example, filter and coil maintenance can be done by the homeowners. Both have a significant impact on system performance and lifespan. Dirty filters and dirty indoor and outdoor coils reduce airflow throughout the system. This reduction in airflow decreases system performance and can lead to a compressor damage. Air conditioner tune-up can save you hundreds of dollars in air conditioning repair costs.
Furnace filters should be replaced every 3 months, following manufacturer’s instructions. Most homeowners are not aware of the direct relationship between furnace filters and air conditioning airflow. The outdoor coil should be vacuumed or brushed clean to keep it clear of dirt, leaves and grass clippings. The outdoor unit fan should be cleaned and lubricated, for which it is important to consider hiring an experienced professional to do so. To ensure peak performance, furnace fan speed should be checked and adjusted. Last, the refrigerant level and drains must be checked too.
A well-maintained air conditioning system can last up to 10 years longer than a neglected air conditioner.
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