Maintenance Tips for Air Conditioning Efficiency
There is nothing worse than not having air conditioning during the hot, sticky summer months. Many homeowners struggle getting their air conditioning units to run properly all summer long. Using proper maintenance techniques can help keep existing units in good working order, not to mention save homeowners money by not having to replace units that are no longer functioning. Here are some great tips to help you keep your cool and keep your AC functioning throughout the season!
1. Conduct a Pre-Season Tune-Up: Before the temperatures really begin to rise, it is always a good idea to have an air conditioning unit inspected and serviced by a professional – this rings especially true for central air conditioning systems. This will help to identify problems early and get them resolved to avoid any system breakdowns during the heat of the summer.
2. Conduct Monthly Maintenance Checks: One of the most important maintenance steps a homeowner can take is checking, cleaning, and/or replacing the air conditioner’s air filter on a regular basis. It is a good idea to check this component on a monthly basis. Additionally, make sure to regularly check the outside of the AC unit for debris such as leaves and grass and ensure the exterior and vents stay clear.
3. Clean Fan Blades Yearly: Another great regular maintenance procedure is cleaning the air conditioning units fan blades on a yearly basis – this should generally be performed before the warm weather season begins. First, make sure the power to the unit is off. Next, remove the fan grill and blades and brush off all dust and debris. Remove the cover from the condensing coils and wipe off any dust and debris from that area as well. Keeping the AC unit clean will help to increase its efficiency and prevent any sudden malfunctions.
4. Maintenance Condenser Fan Motor Yearly: If the condenser fan motor has oil ports, it is important to lubricate them on a regular basis. Once a year, use a lightweight, non-detergent SAE 20 oil to lubricate the motor, using no more than 10 drops per oil port.
5. Consider Cooling Costs When Placing an Air Conditioning Unit: If you are in the process of purchasing and installing a central air unit, pay close attention to the outdoor condenser placement. If possible, place the compressor in a shaded area – air in shaded areas is usually 5 degrees cooler than in the sun and will take less energy to cool in the AC unit. Also, make sure that all landscaping and plants are at least two feet away from the compressor to avoid debris and leaves clogging the vents.
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