It is extremely important to keep your Air Conditioning Unit maintained to prevent future problems or malfunctions. As the temperature rises, it becomes more and more important to make sure your unit is working properly. You don’t want the bubble of coolness around your home to pop, leaving you exposed to the heat.
Luckily, we’ve put together a maintenance checklist to make sure your air conditioner is working as intended. (Some of these check-ups might require a professional if you are not familiar with the system but you can still use this list to make sure you are getting proper maintenance.)
· The easiest thing you can do to keep your system properly maintained is the change your air filters once a month. It only takes a few minutes to replace the filter and this can make a huge difference on efficiency and the life of your system. You would not believe how much dust and gunk those filters pick up, even in just a single month!
· Check your thermostat settings, if possible, upgrade to a “smart” thermostat so you can monitor your house from your cell phone and put your air conditioner on a schedule which keeps you comfortable at home and save energy while you are out and about.
· Make sure your electrical connections are nice and tight, it is also important to check voltage and current on motors. Unsafe electrical connections can be a danger and reduce the life of machine components.
· Lubricate all moving parts, if your machine is not properly lubricated, friction occurs which increases the amount of energy needed for the machine to run.
· Inspect the Condensation drain, a clogged drain can cause water damage as well as increase indoor humidity levels.
· Make sure controls are safe to use, check the schedule to system is supposed to be on. Make sure it properly starts, operates, and shuts off.
· Clean evaporator and condenser coils, if the coils in your system are not clean then it reduces your system’s overall output and decreases cooling. It may also make your system run longer which increase cost as well as decrease the life of the system.
· Check your Conditioner’s refrigerant level, too much or two little will make your system less efficient.
· Clean and adjust blower components, make sure your system is receiving the proper air flow. Problems with the airflow can greatly decrease efficiency.
Keep your system maintained to ensure you won’t be exposed to the heat.
“Maintenance Checklist.” Maintenance Checklist | ENERGY STAR, Energy Star, www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=heat_cool.pr_maintenance.