We have put together the following Air Conditioner Maintenance tips that will help keep your system in good working condition!
Performing AC maintenance tasks on your own is possible if you are comfortable with it and have an idea on what to do. However, if you find it uncomfortable to do, never dilly-dally to call on a professional to handle it for you. Take care and observe safety precautions, and most importantly – remember to ALWAYS shut down the system power.
1. Cleaning or Replacement of the Air Conditioner Filter
It is vital to consider cleaning your air conditioner air filter compartment. Do this at least once a month during periods of high-usage such as winter and summertime, also during the fall and spring seasons. The filter is bound to fill up with dirt, dust, or other sorts of allergen particles. This alone will certainly minimize the unit’s air circulation, making it function harder than it should. Cleaning the filter will prevent allergies or other health issues in the home.
2. Checking Out the Wiring & Components
First – make sure to always turn off the system’s power. Proceed to check for overheating signs (this can be observed through detecting melted insulation on wires, or seeing burnt wires, among others). You can also utilize an electrical test meter to check for any electrical connections- ensuring they are well fitted. Check out the capacitors as well.
3. Monitoring the Thermostat
Do an assessment on the thermostat and see if it’s working properly.
4. Inspecting the Condenser
Check on the condenser fan. If you find that the fan is faulty, you can replace it.
5. Remove dirt & debris
Do some cleaning on the outside unit. As time passes, the unit is likely to have dirt, leaves, grass clippings, and other particles built up at the unit’s exterior. Clean these out as this can reduce system capacity and air flow.
6. Air Conditioner Coils
Clean the air conditioner coils as this also collect dirt and dust, which can hinder the unit’s functional capacity.
7. Inspecting the Inside Coil Fins
Check out the coil fins as these can easily bend, thus blocking airflow. With an AC unit tool known as fin comb – you can comb the fins into its original state.
8. Testing Clogged Drains and Leakages
Check the condensate drains. You can clean this out and prevent clogged drain channel issues that can result in excess moisture. Furthermore, check for refrigerant leakages, seal duct leakage, and inspect electric terminals. Look into the oil motors and see if you can correct belts by tightening.