Five Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips
Whatever the age of your ducted or ductless air conditioner, it can benefit from regular maintenance. While many maintenance tasks require the work of an expert, some can be done on your own in your Charlottesville home. Below are just a few tips to maintain your AC unit.
1. Replace the Air Filters
Filters, normally located in the return air supply vent, capture indoor pollutants and prevent them from collecting in the air handler and ductwork. The amount and type of pollutants that air filters can trap depends on what they’re made of.
Your vents most likely have pleated filters; these tend to be effective for 60 to 90 days. If you don’t replace them, they’ll obstruct airflow and put extra wear on your AC unit.
2. Clean the Evaporator Coil
The evaporator coil, found in the indoor air handler, has refrigerant running through it to absorb heat. Even with filter replacements, this component can build up dirt, which insulates the coil and hinders the absorption. Keeping your evaporator coil clean will allow for more efficient cooling as well as for keeping the air flowing smoothly.
3. Clean the Outdoor Unit
In particular, you’ll want to clean out the condenser coil because it can gather dirt from the environment and become clogged with fallen leaves and branches. Gently washing it with a garden hose will be best. Without cleaning, the coil reduces heat transfer.
4. Unclog the Condensate Drain Line
With a thin, stiff brush, you can easily clean out the condensate drain line. This is the drain that removes moisture from the evaporator coil. Clogged drain lines can result in flooding.
5. Check the Thermostat’s Accuracy
Thermostats are sensitive instruments, so you want to ensure that they’re accurately reading the temperature. Check for problems like dirt build up and corroded wires. For a complete thermostat calibration, you may want to rely on a professional.
Your AC Maintenance Provider
Established in 1955 and serving the people of Charlottesville, VA, Beck Cohen is a trusted cooling service provider. Let us maintain or repair your AC unit. We also handle plumbing and electrical work. Call us today with any questions.