With spring just around the corner, now is the time to make sure your air conditioner is in good working order for the season. Nothing is more frustrating than a malfunctioning air conditioner during a heat wave! As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure—making sure your air conditioner is well-maintained early in the season will save you time, money and energy down the line. To help you get started inspecting your home cooling unit, here is a spring air conditioner maintenance checklist from the HVAC specialist at R.J. Wiley.
1. Check Your Condenser Coil
The condenser coil is where the refrigerant releases much of the heat it has absorbed from your home. Dirty condenser coils raise refrigerant pressure, which can cause your electric bills to soar. Wiping down the condenser coil will help your air conditioner to run more efficiently.
2. Inspect Refrigerant Charge
A refrigerant charge that is too high or low can increase the operating costs of your air conditioner by up to 30% and even cause compressor shut-down. Because detecting refrigerant charges can be difficult, it is best to leave it to a professional HVAC technician.
3. Test Your Controls and Safeties
Most air conditioning units have a number of control and safety features that prevent malfunctions from developing into safety hazards that could harm you or your property. Have these safety and control features inspected to ensure your safety and the safety of your household.
4. Check and Unclog Condensation Drain
The condensation drain collects the moisture pulled in by your air conditioner to be released into your drainage system. If this drain is clogged or starts to develop algae or other debris around it, it can cause water damage to your unit and your property. Make sure to clean out your condensation drain to help you air conditioner run as smoothly as possible.
5. Clean and Replace Your Air Filters
A sullied air filter can cause your air conditioner to waste energy and shorten its lifespan. It can also cause dirt, dust and other debris to be circulate in the air of your home. Have you air filters cleaned and replaced at the beginning of each season to prevent this issues from ruining the air quality in your home.
Some of these spring maintenance tasks can be done on your own, while others require the assistance of a professional HVAC technician. For the highest quality air conditioning installation, maintenance and repair within Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville and the surrounding areas, choose the experience team at R.J. Wiley. For more information about our HVAC services, contact us today.