Easy AC Maintenance Tasks
A well-maintained air-conditioning unit runs efficiently, effectively, uses less energy, and therefore saves you money. Some routine easy AC maintenance tasks can be performed by the homeowner. There are a lot of components that must be operating properly for your air conditioning unit to keep you cool and comfortable in your home without wasting energy. It is these components – filters, coils, fins that must be maintained. A neglected air conditioning unit can raise your energy costs and result in costly AC repairs or premature failure leading to early AC replacement. Well- maintained AC units last longer and breakdown less often. It all comes down to taking care of your AC and maintaining it. Below we share some easy AC maintenance tasks you perform yourself in between professional AC maintenance visits.
Examine the Thermostat
One of the easiest tasks of air conditioner maintenance is to keep an on your thermostat, to make sure it is operating properly and keeping your home at your desired temperature. By regularly checking it, you will know when it is not functioning properly. If is a battery-operated thermostat, it would be a good idea to always keep fresh batteries on hand. However, keep in mind that an outdated thermostat could be costing you money. A great way to save on energy would be to upgrade to a smart thermostat. You can program it to fit your schedule and monitor your energy use.
Replace Air Filters Regularly
One of the most important routine AC maintenance tasks you can do is to ensure you are regularly replacing the air filters (or cleaning it if your system uses a reusable one). Besides helping your system run efficiently, it keeps the air flowing and helps improve the air quality in your home. A dirty, clogged air filter restricts air flow causing your system to work harder than it should. The air flowing through your system is dirtier and dustier, lowering the indoor air quality and triggering allergy and asthma symptoms. As a rule of thumb replace it at minimum every 3 months, but during times of heavy use such as summer, it is best to replace it every 30 days.
Clean the Outdoor Unit
Trim plants and other bushes near the condenser. You should do your best to not allow leaves or grass to build up too close to it. Remove any branches or debris from the outdoor unit, to keep the system running efficiently. Overcrowded units, can suffer from decreased airflow which causes your AC unit to work harder. It is why this is such an important maintenance task for the outside unit.
Inspect Your Ductwork
The ductwork is another area you can examine, although tricky because some of it may be behind walls. A sure sign that your ducts may have leaks are higher than usual energy bills. Also if you see any crushed, disconnected joints, or holes in the ductwork. To keep your ducts clean, keep your registers clean of dust, dirt, or any other grime. If you are not sure what to look for contact a professional for a ducting inspection.
Schedule Professional AC Maintenance
Do not hesitate to contact us for your AC maintenance. A certified technician will be able to do more maintenance tasks required that should be completed by a professional at minimum once a year. A properly maintained system will keep you cool through the hottest days of summer.
Contact LA Construction, Heating and Air
Routine AC maintenance is vital in keeping your system operating effectively and efficiently. It helps decrease the chances of costly AC repairs or early AC replacement on a day you need it the most. Just as important as AC maintenance, you should also schedule maintenance for your furnace before the start of winter season. Give us a call today or contact us online, we are here to help you!
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