Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips
There are not many homeowners’ maintenance procedures that have a higher payback than Air Conditioner Maintenance. This will give you both, the best chance of staying cool all summer, but also preventing costly breakdowns. An added benefit is that it can help you save money on your budget for electricity.
An air conditioner that is well maintained will be more efficient, use less electricity, and cost less to operate. This will also help it to last a lot longer before requiring a replacement.
Air Conditioner Maintenance
There are some Air Conditioner Maintenance tasks that can be done by the average homeowner. But there are other tasks that should be referred to a licensed, qualified technician.
You should never attempt to do a task that makes you feel uncomfortable. Those kinds of tasks are better left to the professionals, like the ones at Just In Time.
If you are going to perform an Air Conditioner Maintenance task, make sure to follow safety precautions, like shutting off the power at your electrical box to your outdoor air conditioning unit before attempting any work.
Air Conditioner Maintenance Tip #1: Replace the Air Filter
One of the most important and cost effective Air Conditioner Maintenance chores is to replace the conditioner air filter. Depending on your filter type, this should be done every month when it is in high usage, such in the hot summer months. (For heaters, it would be in the coldest parts of winter.) They should also be replaced once during the lower usage months of spring and fall.
To locate the filter, look for one of the following:
- An air return grille located on a central wall or ceiling in one of the rooms in the house.
- Inside the furnace or air handler compartment.
- A slot on your furnace, either on the side, the bottom, or the top.
Dust, dirt, and allergen particles collect on the surface of the filter, which reduces the air flow to the unit, making it work harder to provide the needed air to cool your home. The air it delivers will also become more laden with the dust and allergy causing particles the filter is supposed to remove. This can cause higher allergic reactions to the residents.
Air Conditioner Maintenance Tip #2: Check out your unit’s wiring and electrical components.
The first step to take before checking any of these items is to ALWAYS turn off the electricity at the main circuit breaker or at the power disconnect panel of your air conditioner unit.
After having turned off the power, you can safely remove the Air Conditioner’s access panel. Look to see if there are any indications of the wires having gotten too hot. If so, you will notice charred, or blackened wire casings and connections. Also look to see if any of the connectors are loose.
If you notice any of the above problems, call a professional to make any needed repairs. You can call Just In Time at 702-567-BRRR! (702-567-2777) to schedule an appointment with a technician. Our professional heating and air conditioning experts can do the job quickly, getting your unit back to operating at its peak.
Air Conditioner Maintenance Tip #3: Check out your Thermostat
Test your thermostat to verify that it is working as it should and that it regulates the temperature of your home. If your thermostat is one of the older mechanical kinds, you might want to think about upgrading it to one of the newer programmable models.
These types can be programmed for different temperatures, depending on the time of day and usage of the home. So you can set the temperature higher when no one is there. It is better to just turn it up, rather than turning it off. It can also be set to cool down the house before anyone arrives home from work.
You can always have a cool home to enjoy while saving on your power bill at the same time. These kinds of little improvements can provide a high return on investment.
Air Conditioner Maintenance Tip #4: Check out the unit’s Condenser Unit Fan
Again, make sure you turn off the power to your air conditioner unit before starting this activity. Look at the fan that is mounted at the top of your outside condenser unit. Make sure that it is still in good operating condition. If you notice that any of the blades are cracked or are chipped, call Just In Time to make the replacement. If your air conditioner unit is one of the older models, the motor may require oiling on a regular basis as well.
Air Conditioner Maintenance Tip #5: Clean the Outside of the Unit
Sometimes, landscaping elements may try to over run your air conditioner unit. Other types of obstructions can in clued dirt, leaves, cut grass, garbage blown in by the wind, etc. These can build up and have the negative effect of reducing the air flow through the unit which will reduce the systems capacity.
The first thing to do is make sure the power is turned off and then use a garden hose to spray away the accumulated obstructions. Begin by spraying the top at about a 45° angle with the hose. Avoid using a power washer, because it can distort the delicate metal fins of the coil, which will reduce their capacity.
If there are any plants or shrubs near the unit, they should be trimmed away to leave plenty of room for the air to flow around the unit.
Call a Professional for Air Conditioner Maintenance
Having your air conditioning properly maintained will give you great value in terms of saving energy, money and to keep you more comfortable when the weather is the hottest.
Your local Just In Time heating & air conditioning company is more than happy to assist you with any of the steps of Air Conditioner Maintenance. We will check out your air conditioner and take care of any maintenance that it requires. We can set up an annual plan of service to make sure that your unit is always performing at its best. This will ensure that it will work as efficiently and last for as long as possible.