Your air conditioning unit needs to be well maintained to keep functioning efficiently. There are simple things you can do on your own to maintain your air conditioner, and along with an annual air conditioner tune up by a professional at MasterTech, you can greatly improve the life expectancy of your AC system.
An air conditioning system, like any device with mechanical and electronic parts, is susceptible to wear and tear over an extended period of time. This is especially true if the air conditioner is not maintained at regular intervals. Ideally, an air conditioner needs maintenance work done before the start of the summer months every year. If an air conditioner is not properly maintained, the chances of it breaking down will gradually increase to the point where air conditioning repair services would become unavoidable. However, if maintained appropriately at regular intervals, the chances of it breaking down drop significantly. Here are some tips that you can use for your air conditioning maintenance work.
Before doing any work on your air conditioner, ensure that you shut the power off before doing anything to the AC unit. If you are not sure of what needs to be done, always call a professional at MasterTech to handle the maintenance for the best results. Remember that incorrectly handling the AC unit can lead to new issues developing. Below is a guide to how you can maintain your AC unit.
Maintaining your home’s air conditioner
Clean and replace air filters. If you have a reusable air filter, regular cleaning is necessary. Winter and summer are seasons when the AC is highly used and you can clean your filter every month during these seasons. In spring and fall, a single cleaning should do the trick. If you use disposable air filters, replace the filter at least every 3 months; you may need to replace them more often during times of high use.
Give the outdoor unit enough breathing room. The most important facet of air conditioning systems is air flow. The cooling process of modern air conditioners depends entirely on them having the right air flow because they function on the forced air concept. What this means is that the condensers, which are placed on the outside, need a considerable amount of space around them to facilitate proper air flow.
Therefore, if the condenser of your air conditioner does not have enough free space around it to breathe properly then you need to create it. There should be at least three feet of open space around the condenser at all times. This could mean reconsidering landscaping or trimming the bushes, trees and grass that surround your air conditioning unit.
Keep the condenser clean. As the condenser sucks in air to generate enough air flow for cooling the office or home, debris may get stuck in its vents. Foreign particles such as grass clippings, dust, pollen and all other things need to be cleaned off the condenser regularly. The process is fairly easy; shut the power off and remove debris using a garden hose with high pressure water. When cleaning, handle the coils gently so you do not damage or bend the delicate fins.
Get your air conditioner checked by professionals every year. Finally, even though you may be maintaining your air conditioner properly on your own, it is still recommended that you get it checked annually by the seasoned air conditioning repair professionals at MasterTech. Doing this will ensure that your air conditioner remains in top condition.
Call MasterTech to get your annual air conditioner maintenance scheduled or for any air conditioner repair services.
After serving many years in the US Air Force, Jerry began working at MasterTech as a service technician and is now the General Manager. He is a Master Plumber and a Master Mechanical in HVAC. He brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to MasterTech.