The last thing you want on a hot, sticky, summer day is to flip that switch to “on” and nothing happens. When your air conditioner sits idle for many months of the year, maintenance or a tune up is a necessity. You rely on your air conditioning system to keep your home cool and comfortable. Your A/C system requires regular maintenance to function efficiently. Just like any other home appliance, your air conditioning unit is bound to show wear and eventually deteriorate, developing mechanical problems at some point during its lifetime. Keeping your system running smoothly depends on proper attention to its maintenance and service needs. System maintenance can also save you money and headaches from unexpected breakdowns that leave you steamed!
If you are looking to keep your home comfortable (and who isn’t?), then keeping your A/C running is a must. Let’s take a look at what you can do, and when you need to call in the pro’s, when it comes to air conditioner maintenance…
Why Does My A/C Need Maintenance?
Regular A/C maintenance will not only extend the usable life of your unit, it will also save you substantial amounts of money on repair and replacement costs. Here are a few tips if you find you A/C isn’t keeping your cool.
1. Look at thermostat. Is it outdated? You could save money and energy by installing a newer, programmable thermostat.
2. Check any exposed ductwork for wear, which could be a source of cooling loss or inefficiency in the home.
3. Look at air vents around the home. Remove any items that could block airflow, such as drapes, furniture or toys.
4. Check the drain line. There is a drain by the indoor cooling coil, typically mounted near the unit.
5. Change your air filter. The filter should be changed every three months (or as recommended by the manufacturer) and definitely before the start of a new cooling or heating season.
6. Check circuits to be sure electrical connections are on.
7. Be sure the power is turned “on” at the furnace/air conditioning unit.
In general, you should hire a good service technician at least once per year for regular maintenance to keep your system running efficiently in each season.