Air conditioners require proper care to ensure they last long and perform effectively. Stay cool by following these simple maintenance tips:
One effective way to prevent debris accumulation in your AC unit is by regularly replacing or cleaning its air filter. Dirty air filters restrict airflow, making your system work harder to cool the house and leading to higher energy bills.
Your air conditioning's compressor coils and fins can quickly accumulate dirt, dust, and debris over time, leading to ineffective heat dissipation and an improper functioning system. Regular cleaning of these components will improve energy efficiency as well as help avoid costly repairs in the future.
Regular inspection of the electrical connections within your AC unit should also become a regular practice, since vibrations and wear and tear can loosen these vital pieces over time, leading to loose connections which reduce efficiency as well as being potential safety risks and should be addressed as quickly as possible.
Your compressor is the heart of your air conditioning system and without it, there would be no cooling at all. Compressing refrigerant gas and pumping it through the evaporator coils to extract heat and humidity from indoor air is its job. Should your compressor fail, it will either produce warm air instead or simply stop running altogether.
An indicator that your compressor has failed is when you hear an intermittent ticking or chattering sound when starting up your system. This may be caused by an outdated relay switch needing replacing. Left unattended, it could result in severe damage to other components and could even threaten their very survival.
Routine maintenance with an HVAC professional could prevent these issues by cleaning both indoor and outdoor coils, as well as clearing away debris from both components and making sure electrical connections are fine.
Your AC's evaporator coil is responsible for cooling functions. Unfortunately, over time it may accumulate dirt and debris which prevents it from functioning correctly, necessitating proper evaporator coil maintenance to maintain comfort, cooling, and humidity control in your home. A dirty coil will compromise these vital functions.
Dirty coils can lead to a clogged condensate drain, creating an unsafe situation for you and your home that increases mold and mildew growth. In addition, this situation could lower refrigerant levels significantly, forcing your system to work harder and overheat.