Regular preventative maintenance is essential to extending the lifespan of your system, preventing expensive repairs, and improving your systems energy efficiency. While you should have professional maintenance performed at least twice a year, we wanted to discuss some of the things you can do yourself to help your HVAC unit operate at its best.
Buy high-quality air filters. If you aren’t already, make sure you are using high-quality
filters (hyperlink to filters article?). The new high-efficiency filters available on the market can do wonders for your system.
Replace your filter every month. Replacing filters every month ensures that you won’t have dust and dirt clogging up your system. If your system uses a permanent filter, clean it monthly instead.
Clean and inspect your outdoor unit. Clear your outdoor unit of any leaves, branches, and other debris. Also, remove anything around the unit that could potentially interfere with it. A good rule of thumb is to have about 2 feet of clearance around the HVAC system. Look at the fins and lines, if anything is missing or damaged, call a trusted local Bluffton air conditioning service provider.
Make sure the unit is level. Over time the slab that the unit sits on can begin to tip due to soil settling. This can cause the compressor inside to fail. Make sure your system is level and try to correct it if it isn’t.
Unclog your condensate drains. Occasionally run a wire brush through the unit’s drain channel. This will prevent the buildup of mold and algae. Blocked drain channels can result in increased humidity which may discolor walls and carpet.
Check your air conditioner coils. Evaporator and condenser coils can collect dirt over time. Having a clean filter will reduce the amount of grime that builds up, but they will eventually get dirty. This reduces airflow and reduces the coil’s ability to absorb heat. Your coils should be cleaned annually if possible.
The best time of year to use these tips is just before a change of seasons, usually after Fall and Spring. If done before the more challenging seasons, you will know that your air conditioner is in good shape and if you notice anything troubling, there is time to get it taken care of before the weather is at its worst.
By utilizing these simple maintenance tips you’ll not only save money on energy, your system will also enjoy a longer lifespan, and you will save on ac repair hilton head costs or an early replacement.
When Should You Call a Professional?
If during your regular home maintenance, you encounter something that you can’t explain, you should call a trusted local HVAC technician to give your unit a full diagnostic and complete any necessary repairs. They will conduct a more thorough inspection and will be able to tell you if there is any cause for concern.
This service will usually include:
· Checking the refrigerant levels
· Testing for refrigerant leaks using a leak detector
· Checking for leakage in your ductwork
· Measuring airflow through the evaporator coil
· Inspecting the electrical components of your system
· Oiling motors and inspecting belts
· Inspecting your thermostat