As we get into the cooling season, it’s important that you take good care of your air conditioner. The cool thing is that there are many ways in which you can ensure that your unit is in top condition.
Some of the ways will require you to hire an AC repair professional while others simply need your services. Some of the ways of doing it include:
Cleaning the air filter
When the air conditioner is working, it’s common for dust and other pieces of debris to accumulate on the air filters. A dirty air filter not only increases your monthly bill, but it also makes the unit work harder which puts it at the risk of coming apart after only a short time.
Depending on the design of your air conditioner, the air filter will be located behind the return air grille on the wall or ceiling in your central room. The filter can also be located inside the blower compartment of the air handler or furnace. In some cases, it can be located in a slot on the side, bottom, or even at the top of the furnace.
You need to find its location and clean it. If it’s too dirty or damaged, you have no way out other than to replace it.
Check the wiring components
The wiring components distribute power in your unit. Before you inspect the wires, you should switch off the power. After removing the access panel, you should check the wires for signs of melting, blackening or burning. You also should check whether they are tight enough.
If there is a problem, you should fix the issue if you have the skills. If you don’t have the skills, ask an HVAC company technician to help you out.
Take a look at the condenser unit fan
The fan is usually mounted on the top of the outside condenser unit. You should take a look at it and ensure that it’s in good condition. If your air conditioner is old, the fan blades might have chips or cracks on them. If this is the case, you should replace the fan. While you are at it, you should remember to oil the fan motor bearings.
Clean the outside unit
Finally, you need to take a look at the outside unit. Over time, it’s common for dirt, leaves, grass clippings and other materials to build-up on the unit. The dirt not only gives your unit an ugly look, they also reduce its efficiency. You can remove the dirt by yourself but if you don’t have the time, ask an air conditioning maintenance professional to help you out.