Maintaining Your Air Conditioner

Air conditioners’ coils, filters, and fans need to be maintained regularly for them to operate effectively and efficiently. If you neglect to do so, your air conditioner will experience a decline in performance and your energy consumption will also increase. Heating and Cooling will show you more ways to improve the comfort and efficiency of your air conditioner.

Air Conditioner Filters

Your air conditioners efficiency will be ensured by routinely replacing or cleaning its filters. Dirty filters can significantly reduce airflow, which in turn will reduce system efficiency. Unclogged airflow can block airflow and allow air to bypass the filter. This can lead to dirt being deposited directly on the evaporator coil which will reduce its heat-absorbing capacity. A clean filter can help reduce the energy consumption of your air conditioner by between 5% and 15%.

The filters for central air conditioners are typically located somewhere along the length return duct. Common places to find filters are in walls or ceilings. A room conditioner has a filter that is installed in the grill. It faces into the space.

Some types are reusable, others must be changed. They come in many different types and efficiency levels. Air conditioner filters should be replaced or cleaned at least once a month during the cooling season. Filters that are constantly in use, subject to dusty conditions, and if there are fur-bearing pets in your home may require extra attention.

Air Conditioner Coils

Over their many years and months of use, dirt accumulates on the coils and condenser coils of your air conditioner. The evaporator will last longer if the filter is clean. But, over time, dirt can build up in the evaporator. This dirt decreases airflow, insulates the coil, and reduces its ability to heat absorption. It is important to inspect your evaporator coil each year and clean it when necessary.

The outdoor condenser can also become extremely dirty if it is exposed to dirt and leaves. You can see the condenser and detect dirt collecting on its fins.

Make sure to keep dirt and other debris away from the condenser units. The potential sources of dirt or debris include dryer vents. You can clean the coil by removing all debris and trimming the trees back to at least 2ft (0.6m) to allow airflow around the condenser.

Coil Fins

The condenser or evaporator coils’ aluminum fins can bend easily and block airflow. Wholesalers of air conditioners offer a tool called a fin comb that will restore these fins to near original condition.

Condensate Drains

You should occasionally pass a stiff wire through the unit’s drain channels. If a drain channel is blocked, it can make the unit less humid. In addition to causing damage to carpet and walls, this may also cause damage to flooring.

Window Seals for Air Conditioners

Inspect the seal between an air conditioner and a window frame at the beginning of every cooling season. Make sure that the unit’s metal casing is in contact. This seal can become damaged by moisture and allow cool air to escape.

Winter Preparation

Cover your room air conditioner with a blanket or remove it and store it. It is best to cover the central air conditioners outdoor unit in winter. This will keep it safe from debris and weather.

Hiring a Professional

Hire a professional for air conditioning maintenance if it isn’t working properly or the indoor temperature is too low. A skilled technician will identify and fix any problems with your air conditioning system.

The technician should be able to:

  • Be sure to use the correct amount
  • You can test for refrigerant leaks with a leak detector
  • Instead of illegally releasing the refrigerant to space, capture and seize any liquid that is not required.
  • Verify that there is no duct leakage in the central system and seal it.
  • You can measure the airflow through the coil of your evaporator.
  • Verify the correct sequence for electric control. Make sure the heating system is not running simultaneously with the cooling system.
  • Check the electrical terminals. Clean and tighten connections. Apply a non-conductive coating, if needed.
  • Oil motors and check belts are for tightness, wear, and durability
  • Make sure the thermostat is accurate.

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