Keep Your AC Unit Happy and Healthy

Posted on: June 29, 2016

Would you go for years without maintaining your vehicle? Probably not. Just like your vehicle, your AC has many parts and systems that need attention and maintenance on a regular basis.

According to Energy.gov, simple maintenance will add life to your home AC system.

Filters

Do you know where your AC filters are located? If you don’t this would be a good time to find each one. Look along the baseboards in each room of your house for a grille that covers the filter. Room air conditioners have a filter built into the grille that faces the room.

You should check your filters at least every month during the hot Tampa Bay summer months, and every two months during cooler times.

Your filters will typically be of two types – replaceable and reusable. Reusable filters can be cut to size and then cleaned with soap and water when needed. Keeping your AC filters clean can save up to 15% of your unit’s energy consumption.

AC Coils

The evaporator and condenser coils collect dirt over years of service. As dirt builds up, the unit is less able to absorb heat. Outdoor coils can become dirty if surrounded by foliage. You can easily see the condenser coil and notice if dirt is collecting on its fins. Remove foliage within two feet of your outdoor unit to keep the coils clean and to facilitate air flow.

Coil Fins

The aluminum fins on evaporator and condenser coils are easily bent and can block airflow through the coil. Air conditioning wholesalers sell a tool called a “fin comb” that combs these fins back into nearly original condition.

Condensate Drains

Your unit must rid itself of the moisture it removes from your inside air. This is usually done through the PVC pipe that runs from your inside unit to the outside. If this drain becomes clogged, the condensation will back up into the unit itself and cause damage. It is a very good idea to inspect this drain at least twice a year and pour a cup of bleach down the drain to help keep it clean and flowing free.

When You Need An Expert

Our Midway Services professional air conditioning technician will find and fix problems in your air conditioning system.

The technician will:

  • Check for the correct amount of refrigerant
  • Test for refrigerant leaks using a leak detector
  • Capture any refrigerant that must be evacuated from the system, instead of illegally releasing it to the atmosphere
  • Check for and seal duct leakage in central systems
  • Measure airflow through the evaporator coil
  • Verify the correct electric control sequence and make sure that the heating system and cooling system cannot operate simultaneously
  • Inspect electric terminals, clean and tighten connections, and apply a non-conductive coating if necessary
  • Oil motors and check belts for tightness and wear
  • Check the accuracy of the thermostat
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