Spring is here! It’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning, warm weather, and preparations for summer. A complete air conditioner tune-up is a great way to get ready for the warm summer months that are approaching. We’ve come up with a few things that you can do to help maintain your air conditioner.
CHANGE YOUR AIR CONDITIONER FILTERS REGULARLY
The easiest thing and most important thing for any homeowner to do to maintain their air conditioner is change the filters regularly. Clogged and dirty filters can drastically reduce air flow, and thereby reduce the efficiency of your unit. Central air conditioner units usually have the filter located somewhere along the return ductwork, in the air conditioning unit itself, or in the furnace. A window mounted air conditioner will have the filter located right in the front of the unit facing into the room. Air conditioner filters should be changed every few months, or even more frequently if there are dusty conditions present, pets, or if smoking is allowed in the home.
CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONER COIL AND FIN MAINTENANCE
The evaporator and condenser coil can collect dirt and debris over time. This dirt can restrict air flow and insulate the coils, causing them to lose efficiency and hampering their ability to absorb heat. Regular cleaning of these coils prevents these conditions, and extend the life of your central air conditioner. Bent coil fins can also restrict air flow. Most home improvement stores carry “fin combs”, which can be used to gently straighten the coil fins back to their original positions.
CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONER CONDENSATE DRAINS
Occasional clearing of the drain lines improves the A/C unit’s ability to remove humidity from the air inside the home. This both improves the A/C unit’s efficiency, and helps prevent the discoloration that can occur in carpet and furniture from excess moisture within the building.
PROPER SEALING OF WINDOW UNITS
If you’re using window air conditioners, make sure that any gaps between the air conditioner and the window frame are sealed, so that as little air as possible escapes. The sealing material should be in contact with the metal structure of the air conditioner. A moisture resistant material is best.
Making sure that air flows freely around your central air conditioner can go a long way towards making it run efficiently and keeping it running for the long haul. Make sure that you keep any vegetation that is near the condenser well pruned and away from the A/C unit. At the beginning of spring, open up the grate at the top of the condenser and remove any debris that may have fallen in during the course of the winter.
AIR CONDITIONER MAINTENANCE AND TUNE UP SERVICES
These are just a few tips that homeowners of any skill level can do to maintain their air conditioners. As with any home comfort system, there a few things that a licensed, certified HVAC technician can assist you with. At 7 Oil Company, we offer a complete A/C Tune Up package. This package is comprehensive and ensures the top cooling performance from your central A/C. Our technicians will check the system for leaks, check the Freon charge, recharge if necessary*, clean and inspect your central A/C. For more information on the A/C Tune Up, please give us a call at 856-786-0707 or email us today!
*additional charge per pound of refrigerant