Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips
Posted on: April 21, 2015
When it comes to summer, your AC unit is the real MVP. Think about it, it works day and night to beat the humidity, improve your air quality, and keep your family cool and comfortable, but when’s the last time you returned the love? Recurring maintenance will help keep your unit clean and functioning at an optimal level. Yearly tune-ups along with regular filter changing can have an enormous impact on your cooling system’s performance. So here’s how to know when an AC tune-up is needed:
If you can’t remember the last time you tuned up your AC or changed the air filter — it’s time to call the experts! Our clients often ask us how often they should change out their filters and receive a tune-up. We recommend checking every month to see how much dirt has built up. If it doesn’t look too dirty, you can probably squeeze by with changing every other month. Most units require the filter be replaced every 30 to 60 days. Homeowners with pets should change more frequently; pet hair and dandruff can easily cause a clog. Leaving a dirty filter in too long can lower your systems efficiency. Even if there are no noticeable issues, a well-running cooling system is one that is serviced once a year.
Your Unit Is Noisy
Is there a rattling, buzzing, or squealing noise coming from your AC unit every time it kicks on? There could be a wide array of reasons, but it’s something best left to the experts. If caught early, you could help lengthen the life of your cooling system and save yourself from a costly unnecessary AC unit replacement down the line.
There’s A Bad Odor
If lately, your house has a musty smell that you can’t blame on the dog, it could be a sign that there is mold in your unit or ductwork. Mold significantly affects your air quality and can cause illness, so this is something you want to take care of as soon as possible. A bad odor isn’t always due to mold though; it can also be an indicator that there is an issue with your wire insulation. If this is the case, it will need to be replaced.
There’s A Leak
A small leak may seem like no big deal, just put a towel under the unit and you’re good to go! However, this is not something to ignore. A leaky duct reduces and prevents proper air flow. If this happens to your air conditioner, less chilly air is making its way to the hottest corners of your home. This isn’t an issue that’s easy to combat on your own, and it’s not easy on your wallet to buy the supplies you’ll need to solve it, either. We’ll help you save on duct sealants and insulation, and our specially trained professionals know how to get the job done right.
Your Energy Bill Is High
A poorly running AC unit will have to work overtime. Due to the extra stress of pumping out cold air, the energy usage increase making your electric bill higher. If you notice a major increase in your electric bill this season, it could be time to get your unit serviced. Condenser coils take the heat from your home and blow it outside. Dirt buildup on the coils prevents the air from flowing properly, leaving warm air stuck in your house. This means that your AC will have to run harder to keep it just as cool, which will affect your electric bill! Cleaning the condenser coils not only helps the air stay clean, but it also cools and saves you money!
We are proud to offer our AC services to the Tampa Bay Area! We offer flat rate pricing, so you pay by the job, not by the hour and customer satisfaction is our number one priority! To schedule an AC tune-up, call us or fill out our contact form today!