A few tips to maintain your home cooling system

June 19, 2017

Failure to plan is planning to fail. For your home’s sake, that means lack of maintenance leads to large repairs. Do not suffer in the summer from the air conditioning not working simply because you skipped maintenance on critical parts of your home’s system. The best time for air conditioner maintenance is after the outdoor air temperature is above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

One of the more obvious maintenance steps for your home’s air conditioner unit is changing the filters. Dirty filters will block some of the air flow (for obvious reasons). Cleaning or replacing the filters (depending on your unit) will allow all of the air to flow through and increase the air conditioner’s efficiency. This should be done every month or two during cooling season (more or less depending on your use and the system you have).

Air conditioner fins are what surrounds the unit which the air gets pulled through. These can easily be bent, so they have to be brushed off carefully. Air conditioner coils is another part that can collect dirt or dust which reduces the air conditioner’s ability to absorb heat and reduces the air flow. The evaporator coils, located inside, will need less attention than the condenser coils that are located outside where you will need to watch for accumulations of dirt, debris, leaves, grass, weeds, etc. Check and clean the coils every year as necessary.

Fix Duct System Leaks – Duct system leaks, specifically return air leaks, can dramatically reduce the ability of an air conditioner to cool a home. If comfort is a problem, have an air conditioning company test for duct leakage. Make sure the company measures air flow.

Fix Refrigerant Leaks – Refrigerant leaks reduce cooling capacity, hurt the environment, and can lead to compressor failure. Call an HVAC professional to get leaks fixed immediately.

Last (but most important) tip: Hire a professional for regular maintenance. Your HVAC technician will be able to professionally inspect and adjust your air conditioning system for optimum efficiency and long life.  This will save you money on prematurely having to replace your air conditioner system.

To schedule an air conditioner inspection, give Drucks’ a call at 920-722-2642.

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