Trying to keep your air conditioning performing at its highest efficiency is not an easy task. But, if you follow these easy steps, you will find that your air conditioner will run all summer long with little or no problems. A well-maintained unit will end up using less energy and need to cycle on less. The overall cost of maintaining your air conditioner can be minimal. So, there are three areas in your air conditioner that you should maintain. The three areas are the duct system, the indoor blower unit and the outdoor condensing unit.
The Duct System
A duct system may have filters in the registers on the walls or in vents on the floor. These air filters should always be thoroughly cleaned or replaced on a consistent schedule. Cleaning the duct system is not usually a job the homeowner is able to do; so this job should be performed by a trained HVAC technician, like the ones at Heating Cooling Chapel Hill, because the materials are very delicate and they should be handled by someone with the proper experience.
Also, any repairs that are needed to the ducts or insulation will be able to be taken care of at that time. Homeowners should call for service visit if any of the following exists in their duct system:
Weak airflow in more than one of the vents
Uneven temperatures around the house
Debris coming out of the vents
Moisture droplets coming from the vents
Odor coming from the vents every time the unit cycles on
Air Conditioning and The Indoor Blower Unit
The indoor blower unit is what takes in the ambient air, removes the humidity and then cools it to the desired temperature and then sends it to the house through the air vents. To maintain the indoor blower unit make sure the following is performed:
Change or clean the filter regularly
Inspect the blower unit and call for service technician for any worn or broken wires or hoses
Pay attention to sounds; call for service if the unit is producing any grinding, bumping or other unusual noises
Air Conditioning and The Outdoor Condenser Unit
The outdoor condenser unit is what houses the refrigerant, the pump, the fan and the condenser coils. The following tips will help keep your unit running smoothly:
Keep all trash and debris away from the condenser unit.
Do not stack anything up against it or on top of it.
Provide some shade for the unit during the hot summer months.
If any of the fins are bent on the coils, use a fin comb to straighten them.
Call for a service technician if a fan blade is bent, and belts, hoses or wires are broken.
Call for a service technician if you hear any strange noises other than a smooth running unit.
Enough insulation and ventilation in your attic will also help keep your air conditioner running more efficiently and use less energy. Performing regular seasonal or yearly maintenance on your air conditioning unit will enable it to last for many years and give you and your family a safe and comfortable indoor environment. Call Heating Cooling Chapel Hill today if you would like to get started on air conditioner maintenance plan to ensure a healthy system this summer.
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