Finally, summer is here! Temperatures are on the rise and your air conditioning unit is starting to kick into full gear. Properly maintaining your air conditioning system can prevent future break downs and unwanted repair costs. Plus, keeping it at peak performance will increase its efficiency and cut down on your monthly energy bill. We recommend you check your heating and cooling system at least twice a year: your air conditioner in the spring or early summer and your furnace in the fall.
Air Conditioner Maintenance Check List:
- Check the exterior areas around your air conditioner unit. Make sure there are at least two feet of clearance around your outdoor unit. Remove any debris like leaves, pollen and twigs from the sides and top of your air conditioning unit and don’t let your lawn mower discharge grass clippings in or near it. This would also be a good time to ensure your unit is on firm and level ground.
- Check your air filters and change them regularly. If it is dark and clogged it needs to be changed. This will help increase your unit’s efficiency and reduce your energy bill. It also helps circulate cleaner air in your home. Energy Star suggests you change your filter every month, especially if you have pets.
- Inspect your insulation and refrigerant lines, replacing any that are missing or damaged. You should also check the air conditioner’s refrigerant level and adjust accordingly. Too much or too little refrigerant will decrease efficiencies and reduce the life of your unit.
- Clean the evaporator and condenser air conditioning coils. Just like any machine, your air conditioner will run smoother, longer and will cool your home with more efficiency if it’s kept clean.
- Adjust blower components to allow proper airflow and to allow comfortable temperature adjustments. If it looks dirty and dusty in the blower components, clean it up. Airflow problems can reduce your efficiency.
For more details on how your air conditioner works, including diagrams and step-by-step instructions maintaining specific parts of your unit view this comprehensive article on “How to Maintain an Air Conditioner” by HowStuffWorks.
Contact an Edmonton Air Conditioning Company if your HVAC system is not working properly or requires repair. They will also be able to give you tips on preventative maintenance and how to increase the life of your HVAC system.