It is easy to take the unseen heroes of a household for granted. Yet, paying mind to air conditioning maintenance will save you money on operating your unit, prevent costly breakdowns and resulting repairs, and keep temperatures cooler as a result. Think of maintenance as having rewards, and read on to learn tips to make your AC more energy efficient through regular maintenance.
Let’s review some of the basic functioning of a typical HVAC system, to help illuminate how preventative maintenance. It also functions to familiarize yourself with the maintenance processes and what you can take on yourself, and what maintenance tasks are best left to professional HVAC technician.
How HVAC Works
HVAC has two main parts, which are the condenser and the evaporator. The condenser sits outside and the evaporator coil is located up above the furnace. It is placed at the junction where it adjoins with the ducts. There, the air conditioning is connected to the forced-air system. This involves a blower, ductwork, and a motor, which work together to blow the cool air throughout your home. These components are likewise integral to getting heat throughout the home as well.
Replacing or repairing A/C systems is costly, inconvenient, and may involve a lot of unknowns. It becomes a reality for you if you skip out on the maintenance routine.
Be mindful and aware of your A/C system and maintain the system so it does not have to work too hard. Overworking the system is a sure way to wear it down faster. If the A/C is constantly clicking on and then off within a few minutes it is one sure sign that something is wrong. If your A/C is constantly running it also signifies problems. Yet, it may not be a big fix, instead a simple one. Though, hiring an HVAC technician will alleviate the problem much faster than waiting until there is a whole system failure.
Clean air filters or change them as needed. Check monthly for the first few months. You will notice maybe quarterly or every other month that the filter needs to be fully replaced. The rest of the months it is good practice to clean it.
It is easy to do, and one way to prevent expensive repairs. The problem with a dirty air filter is that it allows the big particulate matter to hit the fan, literally. Debris disrupts the normal operation of the fan, providing a drag on it from the added weight, requiring more energy to function. It results in higher cooling bills and causes unnecessary wear and tear on the machine’s components.
Another excellent way to keep a machine operating at its best, while improving the flow of cooling air is to keep the air ducts clean. Air ducts will experience a restricted air flow if the ducts are clogged. It is one thing that will cause you to have to run the machine more and costs you more money. If the buildup of debris and dust in the air ducts is serious enough it can cause the motor to die on a system. The same is true for the A/C system’s fan. Keep it free from debris to prevent major system burnouts while improving efficiency.
Regularly Schedule Maintenance
A great way to establish rapport and decide whether you like a company is by hiring them for preventative maintenance. Most HVAC companies have maintenance plans, where they can come out once or twice per year to evaluate the heating or cooling system. At that time, they check blowers, condensers, motors, evaporators, wiring, and hoses. They will also look at the ductwork, and can answer questions as well. It prevents serious breakdowns that are costly, lengthens the life of the system while it also gets the system in gear for another cooling season.
It gives you the added benefit to see how you like the company and establishes a relationship. It may also put you at the front of the line if you ever experience an emergency, and provide discounted services, just for keeping on a regular maintenance schedule.
Check filters, have regularly scheduled maintenance appointments set, and have the duct work cleaned with regular frequency as well. All of these efforts will go a long way to preserving and keeping your machine working efficiently.