We know that sometimes you may have questions about how to care for your AC unit. To get you started, we put together a few tips on the topic.
With spring ending, we’re all thinking about keeping our houses cool, and that means air conditioning. But what does it take to keep your air conditioning running efficiently all summer long? We’ve put together a list of tips to help you take care of your AC and make sure it’s ready for the warm temps ahead.
You can also change your filter to make sure that dust and debris isn’t clogging it up. When the air filter is clogged, the unit has to work harder in order to circulate cool air. This could result in an increase in your monthly energy bill, as well as system damage down the road.
In general, AC filters should be changed every three months or every three thousand miles. To change yours, turn off your air conditioning unit and locate the filter inside of it. Gently pull out the filter by its plastic edges and place it in a garbage bag if it’s disposable. If you plan on cleaning and reusing your filter, set it aside until you’re ready to clean it with a soft brush or cloth and warm water (no detergent). Once your new or clean filter is dry, insert it back into the same compartment where you found it with no gaps.
Refrigerant levels are important to keep an eye on. Having too much or too little in the system could result in it not working properly. To check your refrigerant levels, use a refrigerant gauge and follow the instructions that come with it. This gauge is different from a pressure gauge, which only tells you how much pressure is in the system. Using only a pressure gauge will not tell you whether the amount of refrigerant in your system is low or high. If your refrigerant levels are low, there may be a leak somewhere. Follow these steps to check for leaks:
If your air conditioner lines (or other parts) have any holes or cracks, moisture from humidity can get inside and freeze up liquid refrigerant before it reaches the tube that carries it back to the compressor.
Your air conditioner will likely have a drainage pipe that allows water to drain away from it. If there’s a problem with this drainage pipe, you may find pools of water around your unit and see water leaking from the ceiling or walls. If you notice these issues, follow the following steps:
After you are done cleaning the inside of your air conditioner, it is time to check the outdoor unit. This is where you will find electrical components that can get damaged by dirt and debris, including the compressor and fan. If you don’t know what to do, contact All Seasons Heating and Cooling for help. The service techs will be glad to assist in any way they can.
When you check your air conditioner for anything that needs repair, make sure an adult does it and turns off the power to the unit first. If you are not comfortable checking it yourself, call a professional air condition repair service expert from All Seasons Heating and Cooling to come out and make sure everything is working properly before turning it on for summer. When any problems are discovered, schedule an appointment with All Seasons Heating and Cooling as soon as possible so it can be repaired before summer gets here fully.
If you don’t keep up on the maintenance of your unit, it may be time to replace it. When something is preventing your system from cooling efficiently, it’s time to recognize the problem and take action quickly before the problem gets worse. If you’re wondering about how to get air conditioner repair in Geneva, call All Seasons Heating and Cooling.