Annual Air Conditioner Maintenance Actually Saves You Money
Proper air conditioning maintenance can help extend the life span of your AC unit and ensure its safe operation. On the flip-side, a neglected air conditioner loses roughly five percent of its efficiency each year that it operates without upkeep.
Failing to have your HVAC contractor clean and tune-up your AC unit leads to poor performance and increased energy consumption which equals higher utility costs. And, regular maintenance is far less costly than repairs or a replacement.
Both homeowners and professional can accomplish different aspects of preventive air conditioning maintenance:
Regularly make sure the condensing unit located outside is not covered, clogged with leaves or debris, or situated near overgrown shrubs. The unit needs to have room to “breathe” and draw air into the system.
Change your HVAC system filters regularly.
Do not use a hose and water to try to clean the interior of the unit. Cleaning the unit in this way can lead to serious risk of electrical shock and possible shorting of electrical components.
Professional HVAC Technicians:
Balance refrigerant levels.
Make sure all electrical components and controls are working properly.
Check and clean the evaporator and condenser coils.
Oil motors (if applicable).
Check the thermostat for functionality.
By keeping your air conditioner operating at peak performance, you can recover the money invested in upkeep by lower repair costs and savings on your electric bill.
Don’t forget your ductwork!
One last word of advice in regular air conditioning maintenance is to ensure that your ducts are properly sealed. When cooled air leaks from supply ducts, or when hot air creeps into return ducts, this can lead to wasted energy, and an overworked air conditioner. Your ducts need to be airtight for the most efficient performance from your cooling unit.
For more expert advice, or if you have any other heating or cooling questions, contact your local dealer.
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