Keep your air-conditioner (AC) maintained and you’ll not only save money on energy, but you’ll also extend its lifespan, saving money on costly early replacement. Dave Moody, HVAC pro from Service Experts, says, “An AC needs regular attention to be sure it’s operating at the highest efficiency.” The best time to use these tips is just before each cooling season begins.
Your Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning system (HVAC) will consist of either a furnace and AC or a heat pump, which both heats and cools. Both types will have an interior unit (evaporator and blower) and an exterior unit (condenser coil and compressor). These instructions apply to a whole-home air-conditioning or heat pump unit.
- Shut Off The Power
- Remove Debris
- Clean The Fins
- Straighten The Fins
- Clean Area Around The Unit
- Level the Unit
- Clean Coils
- Check drains for blockage
- Change Filters (Which should be done regularly)
- Turn power back on.
Regular cleaning and maintenance will save you money and extend the life of your heat pump or HVAC unit.
While these steps will help to keep your AC system in top shape, be aware that there are maintenance items that only a trained HVAC technician will be able to do. For example, a slow refrigerant leak in your AC system can lead to expensive compressor failure, but a homeowner doesn’t have the tools or skills necessary to check refrigerant levels. Also, clean ducts and proper airflow are essential to a well-functioning system, but homeowners lack the necessary equipment for the job.
The bottom line? While some AC maintenance can be done by a savvy homeowner, it’s still necessary to have an expert technician check the system periodically. Contact the professionals here at Raleigh Comfort Services. Schedule a regular maintenance apointment today! Call or text @ (919) 414-3459