Thinking Ahead to Spring: Tuning up the AC
With spring nearly upon us, you may be having thoughts about hotter temps and summer fun. To keep cool throughout the season, you'll need a properly-running air conditioning unit to perform well when you need it to. Before cranking your AC up, you'll need a tune-up to ensure it's in peak working condition. Regular maintenance and servicing of your home comfort system saves you money on your utility bills, guards against costly repairs, and extends the operating life of your system, says Energy.gov.
Here are some things to think about:
Changing Your AC Filters
One of the more important maintenance tasks you'll need to perform is changing your AC filter. This will go a long way towards boosting the efficiency of your air conditioner. When filters are allowed to become clogged with dirt and dust, normal airflow is blocked, which can significantly reduce your system's efficiency. Did you know that replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can cut your AC's energy consumption by five to 15%?
If you have the type of filter that can be cleaned and placed back in the unit, give it a soak in warm, soapy water. No matter which type of filter you have, consult the manufacturer's directions as to how often to change or clean your filter. Usually this is every two to three months, or more often if your home is subject to dusty conditions or receives lots of pet dander and fur.
Get a Tune-up by a Professional
Unless you really know your way around an air conditioning unit, it's best to leave this task up to a professional. Your certified HVAC pro will go through a checklist of services that ensures your AC is in good working order. Now's the time to start making calls because once summer hits, you'll have a hard time getting someone to come out. Plus, you want your unit to work from the moment you switch it on, with no surprises. Here's a quick list of things your professional will check:
- Inspect for leaks
- Replace worn belts
- Lube up all motorized parts
- Test the thermostat
AC maintenance checks will uncover any issues that may be lurking. This way, you can have them addressed immediately before they become bigger problems. Those big repairs aren't cheap! Many times, they can be avoided through regular tune-ups.
Clean the Condenser and Inspect Coolant Lines
These will be part of an overall inspection, but they are the most important because they determine the functionality of your AC unit. Cleaning the condenser involves removing the side panels and brushing off the coils with the vacuum. Cleaning the fan blades is also important. The drain should also be cleaned out, with removal of any debris that may be clogging it. For the coolant lines, the tubes carrying refrigerant must be properly insulated in order to work efficiently. If they are not properly insulated, the worn insulation will need to be replaced with brand new material. This will help keep the tubes cool so they don't overheat.
TDI Air has been serving East Texans for more than 50 years with heating and cooling sales, installation, service and maintenance. Contact us today if you'd like to schedule an AC tuneup with us. We're always running specials to save you money!