5 Essential Air Conditioning Maintenance Steps
To make sure that your air conditioner is working efficiently when you need it most, AC maintenance is a must.
Many things can go wrong with your AC system, including:
- Refrigerant Leaks
- Sensor Problems
- Thermostat Issues
- Clogged Drains
- Clogged/Dirty Filters
- Clogged Ducts
- Compressor Issues
- Fan Issues
Some basic AC maintenance steps can be completed yourself or you can work with a professional to ensure that your AC remains working and keeping you cool when it’s hot outside.
5 Important AC Maintenance Tasks
Replace or Clean Air Filter
Air filters are simple to replace. It’s important to make sure to check them on a regular basis and replace them if they’re dirty. Some units have filters that can be cleaned as well. At a minimum, you should replace them or clean them every 3-4 months.
Check the Condensate Drain
Clogged drain channels will prevent your AC unit from reducing humidity. Simply use a stiff wire and run it through your AC unit's drain channels to make sure they aren’t clogged.
Inspect your Outdoor AC Unit
The condenser coils on your AC unit can become dirty if it’s dusty or if there’s debris outside near your AC. You can easily inspect the condenser coil and check if dirt is collecting on its fins. If it is dirty, simply clean them.
Check the Thermostat
You can save money with a programmable thermostat that allows you to set the AC at a certain temperature. Also, many thermostats will let you know if there are any issues with the unit, so it’s important to check that it’s working properly.
Check the Vents
Most AC units are connected to a duct system throughout the entire home. Make sure the vents don’t have anything obstructing them, like furniture or clothes laying on the floor. This will ensure that the cold air that cools your home is properly being distributed.
AC systems that aren’t working properly can be caused by issues with:
- Circuit boards
- Internal fuses or breakers
- Condensate pumps
- Condenser motors
Why is AC maintenance necessary?
Most repairs or replacement of your AC unit will cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. AC preventative maintenance services are a cost-effective way to find any issues early. In addition, your monthly electric bills will be lowered as the efficiency of your AC unit is greatly enhanced with AC preventative maintenance.
What kind of AC maintenance services are done by HVAC companies?
You can do some home AC maintenance on your own as well as contracting with a commercial company that specializes in heating and cooling services as part of a high-quality maintenance program. Experienced companies will typically inspect the duct work to make sure that air isn’t being lost, check and calibrate the thermostat, and inspect the electrical connections and condensate drain line. AC preventative maintenance programs may also include checking the refrigerant level and cleaning the evaporator and condenser coils.
What should you do when your AC unit stops working?
It can be a major headache when your AC system fails. Finding a qualified company to quickly address any AC problem can be time consuming and costly. However, with a repair plan from HomeServe of New England, you’ll have access to a 24/7 hotline to schedule a repair if you are experiencing problems with your cooling system. With a repair plan from HomeServe of New England, you will be protected from the high expense, as well as the inconvenience of emergency repairs. With a Premier Cool or Premier Cool Plus plan, you will have peace of mind when it comes to your AC.
If you’re not sure of what repair plan works best for you, our repair hotline specialists are available 24/7 to help you decide which plans make sense for you. Simply call us anytime at 1-855-336-2465.