One of the keys to extending the life of your central HVAC system is Air Conditioning Maintenance. Some of these you may be able to do yourself, others you should leave to the experts.
Air conditioner maintenance is a must. This becomes especially true if you live in an area where the climate is hot and humid throughout the year. The last thing you want to happen is for your AC to malfunction when you need it most. You like to prevent such an unfortunate event from occurring ? this guide will feature several air conditioner maintenance tips to keep your unit running properly.
Changing Your Filter
The air conditioning filter is located at the return register and should be changed regularly.
One of the keys to understanding your HVAC system is this: A central air conditioning system does not cool the house !!
It removes heat from the air ! as long as the filter is free from dust and dirt, the air will travel through it with ease allowing hot air and humidity to circulate throughout the air handler. Dirty filter can be one of the main causes of AC problems. Leading to many issues including poor air quality and restricted air flow which can cause failure to major functioning parts and rise in energy cost. Get in the habit of replacing the air filters on a regular basis. Don’t wait till it’s clogged up. Because every house is different, monitor the filter so you know how frequent it should be replaced. mark it on your colander. Try to always have extra filters on hand.
Keep Your Outdoor Unit Free From Obstructiosn
The condenser(outdoor unit)
the heat travels through the return filter. When in contact with the evaporator coil, it gets absorbed it . The heat gets exposed in the atmosphere when it circulates in the outdoor condenser coil.
Obstructions can include plants, shrubs, trees, or fencing ! also check for dirty coil caused by dirt, sand and in many cases dryer lint. This can happen when the dryer exhaust is located near the condenser.
The condenser requires a minimum clearance of 12″ or better from the wall.
Improper operation, part failure and high electric bills can be caused by obstructed condenser coil.
Clogged Drain Line
Air traveling through the return is a mixture of heat and humidity. When in contact with the evaporator coil, the humidity turns into water and exits the A/C unit through the drain line. Because this water is mixed with dirt, rust and algae growth; there will be no escape from having a clogged drain line every so often.
The drain line can also be clogged because of where it’s located outside! if it is too close to the ground level, plants can grow and cover it. Also cold water dripping attracts cruller (frogs, lizards, snails, etc..) they can enter the drain line to drink and cool off ! Always try to make sure that the drain line is free of debris outside and about 10 to 12″ away from the foundation.
to kill the algae pour diluted bleach water through the drain system . Distilled vinegar is also recommended as it is less corrosive and will kill the algae just as well.
Treat drain lines two or three times per cooling season.
How to treat drain lines ?
- Start at the thermostat and Turn off the air conditioning system.
- make sure the blower is not running.
- Access fitting (clean out T ) enables you to pour about 1 cup of vinegar down the drain line.
- Make sure that the vinegar goes into the trap for best results .
- Wait five minutes.
- Flush the drain line by pouring about a gallon of warm water through it. Doing this at least once per cooling season should minimize the chance of an algae build up clogging your drain line.
If any of these procedures are not done regularly, there will eventually be trouble. If any are beyond your physical capabilities, do not hesitate to contact us to have them professionally done. Signing up for a yearly maintenance plan with us is the most cost-effective way to make sure these items aren't missed. Contact us for more information today!