HVAC systems are necessary all year; they keep us warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Continuous use of this kind puts an AC unit under a lot of stress, and it may ultimately fail. To avoid this, it’s a good idea to conduct HVAC maintenance. It’s the best way to identify a problem before it becomes fatal.
Furthermore, in addition to HVAC system maintenance, entirely replacing an air conditioner may incur additional expenses.
The sooner you recognize a problem or, the more checks you implement to prevent an issue from arising in the first place, the cheaper your HVAC maintenance expenses will be.
Keep on reading for the best nine tips on how to take care of your air conditioning unit.
AC Unit: Understand the Basics
Let’s cover the foundational knowledge you need to know.
The two major components of most central air conditioners are the outdoor unit and the interior one. It’s also known as a compressor or a condenser. It sits next to your home and an interior unit. It’s also called an evaporator that is installed in a central duct near your furnace.
The interior unit will be in the air handler with a heat pump, the other option is using a furnace instead. Now, if your furnace is different from the one shown or you have a heat pump, see the owner’s manual for instructions. Regardless matter the kind of air conditioner you have, the basic components will stay the same.
Air Conditioner Maintenance: Clean Your Unit
Using a soft-bristle brush, vacuum the fins of your air conditioner. It’s worth noting that they’re delicate and may easily be twisted or crushed.
To access them on many systems, you’ll have to remove and raise a metal box. See your owner’s handbook for instructions, and gently increase the box to prevent damaging the fins.
Repair a Sinking Air Conditioner Pad
Over time, the concrete pads beneath air conditioners and heat exchangers in homes tend to sink.
It’s OK if the pad sinks as long as the copper coolant tubes and electrical wires aren’t strained and the unit remains dry and level. You’ll need to take action if it continues to sink and pulls the lines tight or if water pools around the unit.
Keep Things Away From Around Unit
There’s no escaping the fact that outdoor air conditioning condensers can be rather unsightly. No wonder many homeowners will do their best to hide them away. Plants and other accessories are popular ways to hide the offensive A/C units.
But since they need adequate airflow around all sides to perform at peak efficiency, experts recommend that landscaping are at least about four feet away from your unit.
Also, you’ll want to clean up leaves and other grime regularly. You’ll want to cut back and trim bushes, trees, and other plants, all help improve the air circulation that your unit needs to pull into its system.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
In today’s state of AC technology, a programmable thermostat is a must-have.
Programmable thermostats enable you to set temperatures throughout the day and have them automatically decrease when you need them the most, saving you money and allowing you to control your cooling without continuously hanging over the dial.
Muffle a Loud Air Conditioner
The worst noise is probably from the compressor if you already have a new condenser, and fans on more recently developed units are reticent.
Ask the supplier to find a sound blanket or purchase a universal blanket for your model.
The setup is simple. You will still hear a noisy fan. Don’t bother to put a blanket on an old unit. Other solutions for a noisy air conditioner are available here.
Unclog the Drain Tube From Condensation
You have an obstructed condensate drain tube when you observe water puddling around the furnace operating on AC.
Air conditioning coils contain condensations that may develop slime and obstruct the condensation pan drain tube. With these two simple actions, you can avoid slime and remove drainage tube blockages.
Overall, you’ll want to keep your HVAC condenser in top shape.
Keep Your Registers Agar
The top floor is often warmer than the bottom floor, and a two-story building even has central air. This is the case at home, and I thought I could easily balance air temperature by making adjustments to the register (aerial vent) opening because I know that hot air rises and cool air falls.
Certain records at the cooler lower level actually force more air from the registries upstairs. The cooler air then goes downstairs and the temperature throughout the house becomes even higher. But this may totally shut down the air conditioning machine.
Switch Your Filters Frequently
The key to keeping your AC unit in great shape is by regularly changing the air filter on the system.
Filter packages usually state a recommended schedule for replacement (i.e., every 90 days or so), but it really depends more on how much the unit is running and how dirty the air is.
During hot months, it may be beneficial to change the air filter more frequently. All you need to do is take out your old filter and put in a new one.
Premium Heating and Cooling: Unlocked
If you’re a new homeowner, then dealing with your AC unit might seem like a rather complicated process. Sure, getting frequently scheduled air conditioning service and maintenance is always the first step towards keeping our unit working well.
But, we hope that our guide has shed some light on how you can personally maintain and care for your air conditioning unit in nine simple ways. And, if you liked our article, you can always check out our additional tips and tricks. All of them are available in our home improvement section.