6 Annual Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips
If you want to keep your air conditioner running, it is best to perform annual maintenance to avoid problems from occurring. Be sure to do these 6 things to ensure everything is running smoothly.
1. Check The Thermostat
The thermostat of your air conditioner is the brain behind the equipment. It regulates when the unit turns on and shuts off, which is why it's so important to make sure it is working properly. If your thermostat requires batteries to operate, consider swapping them out each year. Sometimes the batteries can be providing enough power to show the display, but not have enough power to send signals to the air conditioner to turn on and off.
2. Lubricate The Motor
Friction is one of the biggest threats to the motor, which is why it needs to be well lubricated. Read your user manual to figure out what parts of the motor need lubrication, and how to add it. A motor that is not properly lubricated can burn out and require replacement.
3. Clean The Condenser And Evaporator Coils
The condenser and evaporator coils should be cleaned every year. This is because of how dust and debris can make the unit run less efficiently, causing the air conditioner to work harder than it needs to.
4. Maintain The AC Blower
Air is constantly passing over the blower, and this part can get quite dirty if you neglect it over the years. Shut down the power going to the air conditioner, remove the protective cover, and clean the blower thoroughly. You can use a brush to clean the dirt and dust off the fan blades, and a vacuum to pick up all the loose dirt.
5. Check The Refrigerant
An air conditioner with a refrigerant leak is not going to be able to produce cool air. Have the refrigerant levels checked, because if there are low levels, you most likely have a leak somewhere in the system.
6. Change The Filters
An air conditioner with a dirty filter is going to have a hard time pushing the cold air through it. Install a new filter every 3 months, and consider a new filter every 1-2 months if you have pets in your home.
Not sure how to do some of these things on your own? Contact a local contractor, such as Enright and Sons to service your air conditioning. They will be able to check all of these things for you, and perform maintenance when needed.