by Cooper Climate Control
Keeping your air conditioner running at optimum efficiency is an easy task if you follow these steps. A well-maintained unit will use less energy and cycle on less often. The cost of maintaining your air conditioner is minimal. There are three main parts to your air conditioner that you will need to maintain. These are the duct system, the indoor blower unit and the outdoor condensing unit.
The Duct System
Some duct systems have filters in the registers or vents. These filters should be cleaned or replaced on a regular basis. Cleaning the duct system is not a DIY job; this should be performed by a professional as the material is delicate and should be handled by someone with proper training and experience. Any repairs to the ducts or insulation will also be taken care of at that time. The homeowner should note the vents every month. Call for service if any of the following exist:
Weak airflow in one or more of the vents
Uneven temperatures throughout the house
Debris flowing out of the vents
Moisture droplets coming out of the vents
Odor coming from the vents every time the unit cycles on
The Indoor Blower Unit
The indoor unit takes in the ambient air, dehumidifies it, cools it to the desired temperature and delivers it to the house through the vents. Maintain the indoor unit by doing the following:
Change or clean the filter regularly
Inspect the unit and call for service for any worn, burned, cracked or broken wires or hoses exists
Pay attention to sounds; the unit should operate smoothly without grinding, bumping or other unusual noises
The Outdoor Condenser Unit
The outdoor unit houses the refrigerant, the pump, fan and the condenser coils. Often times, Cooper Climate Control’s clients will invest in a Kool Kap, something their technicians will install for you to protect your unit. The following will keep your unit running smoothly:
Keep all debris away from the unit. Do not stack anything against or on top of it. It needs unimpeded airflow to operate efficiently.
Provide shade for the unit during the summer months. The motor will run at a cooler temperature, thus saving energy.
If any of the aluminum fins are bent on the back of the coils, use a fin comb to straighten them.
Call for service if a fan blade, belts, hoses or wires are broken, cracked or worn.
Call for service if you hear any noises other than a smooth running unit.
Having adequate insulation and ventilation in the attic will also help your air conditioner to use less energy and run at its best. By performing a regular seasonal or yearly maintenance, your unit will last for many more years to provide you and your family with a safe and comfortable indoor environment. Call Cooper Climate Control today if you would like to get started on air conditioner maintenance to ensure a healthy system this summer!