How To Make Sure Your AC Is Functioning Properly
Living in the Deep South has its benefits, but it can also get quite uncomfortable without a bit of air conditioning. Maintaining your HVAC system is a critical part of ensuring that it continues to function for you when you need it most.
If you’ve ever experienced an air conditioner breakdown, you are well acquainted with the discomfort that comes along with high temperatures, sticky humidity, and excess sweat. Rather than face hours of waiting and a repair bill that’s significantly higher than you’d like, take these steps to make sure your air conditioner will keep working when you need it most:
Get your unit serviced at least once per year
While you can take some steps to ensure your unit is working properly, other components of your system must be handled by a professional. HVAC professionals perform more specialized assessments of your unit, handling electrical connections, lubricating moving elements, and testing various system controls to ensure that everything is in good working order. The cost of a regularly scheduled maintenance check is much cheaper than the cost to repair total system breakdown; put in the time and a bit of money now, and enjoy system comfort that will last much longer with proper care.
Change your AC filter
A dirty air conditioner filter can not only increase your consumption of energy, but it can also damage your system over time. Dirt, dust, debris, and particulates accumulate on this filter as they are pulled from the air circulating around your home; if this material becomes saturated, you run the risk of this debris spreading through every room in your house. Over time, excess buildup of harmful debris and particulates can lead to health issues and respiratory problems. Changing your filter is a simple step that you can take to preserve your health and the life of your system.
Clean off air conditioner coils
The outer unit of your air conditioning system can become overrun with dirt, debris, and even overgrown vegetation if it’s sitting in a densely populated area. Even if your coils have a cover, excess dirt and debris can make their way inside, placing extra strain on your unit and compromising its function.
Remove large clumps of debris by hand and dust off coils with a soft-bristled brush, removing loose dirt and cobwebs. If possible, trim foliage back to nearly two feet around your unit, and make sure that low-lying branches and other vegetation can’t soon overrun this space.
Inspect condensate lines and call in a professional if necessary
Take a look at condensate lines, noting if they seem obstructed or blocked by debris. A condensate drain line allows all of the moisture that gathers in the system to flow out, so keeping them clean and free from debris will allow your system to function more efficiently.
Inspect seals between window units and the window itself
If you have a wall-mounted unit, you’ll need to inspect the seal around the window where your AC unit is housed to ensure that no air is escaping around the unit. If you see areas where this seal is cracked or compromised, you can use adhesive-backed weather stripping to seal up cracks or fill them in with rope caulk to seal the deal. If you find that the seal itself is too badly damaged to handle a repair yourself, call in your HVAC professional to repair or re-install a proper seal on your unit.
Stay on top of regular repair and maintenance
Tropic-Air Conditioning has the tools, training, and technique to handle all types of AC repair, replacement, and installation. Let us help you craft a maintenance and repair schedule that works for you. Stay cool all season long with a properly maintained air conditioning system; visit https://www.tropicairfl.com/ for more information.