Preparing Yourself for the Summer Heat
San Antonio can get pretty hot during the summer and without an air conditioning system, being in the house can become unbearable. Before summer hits, make sure that your AC system has had a maintenance check. You can do this yourself, if you know what you’re doing, or call in a local air conditioning expert. Bringing in an expert is recommended, however, as they will know all the components of an air conditioner and how to perform maintenance check on it safely.
Air conditioning systems don’t last forever and can suffer from wear and tear, so if you don’t want your air conditioning system to break during the summer, then be sure to get a maintenance check. If any problems are found with your air conditioning system during the check, and you have had the check-up well in advance, the problems should be sorted in time for the summer heat so you can live comfortably in your home.
A maintenance check for your AC system is vital as any untreated problems could result in a broken air conditioner and a lot of money needing to be spent on a replacement. Treat your air conditioning system correctly by maintaining it and it could last you for years. If you call in an AC expert, the maintenance check on your air conditioning system will typically include the following:
Lubrication: All of the components that move within your air conditioner will be lubricated to prevent them from causing friction within the motors. Friction will increase the amount of electricity that is being used.
System Controls: The controls of the system will be checked to make sure the air conditioner operates safely and efficiently. The system should start, run, and shut off properly.
Electrical Connections: All of the power connections will be tightened, and the voltage and current will be measured on the motors. If the electrical connection is faulty, it can cause your AC system to operate unsafely, and the life of some components within the system will be reduced. Over time, wires within the AC can corrode; your AC expert will check that there is no corrosion happening.
Condensate Drain: The condensate drain will be monitored to make sure there is no clogging. If it is clogged, it can cause water damage in your home and also affect the humidity levels. It is also a common problem for the condensate drain to freeze up, which can even lead to a plumbing problem.
Thermostat: The thermostat setting will be checked to ensure that your home will be at a comfortable living temperature.
Refrigerant Level: The refrigerant level will be inspected to ensure it is at the right level. Too little or too much can cause an increase energy costs and also make the air conditioning system less efficient. The air conditioning expert will also check to see that there are no refrigerant leaks.
Cleaning the Coils: There are evaporator and condenser coils that will be checked within your air conditioning system, and if these coils are dirty, it can affect your AC’s ability to perform. Your home will not be cooled as well as it should be and it can cause your AC to run for longer, resulting in increased energy costs.
Blower Components: If there is a problem with the airflow in your air conditioning system it will reduce the AC’s efficiency. To prevent this from happening, blower components will be checked, cleaned, and adjusted.
There are also a few things you can do yourself to ensure your air conditioning system is healthy, efficient, and ready to combat the summer heat.
- Once a month you can clean, inspect or change the air filters. If you aren’t sure how to do this, get your local AC technician to show you the next time they are doing a maintenance check on your AC. Dirty filters can damage other components in the AC, increase energy costs and even lead to needing a new air conditioning system. Make sure to buy good quality filters; they may be more expensive, but they are worth the added cost.
- You can remove any debris such as twigs, leaves, etc. from the outdoor air conditioning unit.
- Once a year you can pour a cup of diluted bleach down the ACs condensate drain to prevent a clog from mold and algae build up.
Performing routine maintenance on your AC unit will not only help to extend the lifetime of your air conditioner, but it will also help you to avoid frustrating breakdowns when you need your air conditioner the most.