Simple problems can sometimes be resolved by the home or business owner.
Pre-program before you’re home.
If you’re lucky enough to have an AC with a programmable timer, use it! Don’t arrive home and whack the poor machine on full blast. Instead, let it switch itself on 30 minutes before you’re home, and slowly cool down your whole space. Air conditioners work best when continuously for long periods, rather than trying to blast-cool a whole room.
Fix a Sinking Home Air Conditioner Pad
The concrete pads under home air conditioner and heat exchanger units tend to settle over the years. As long as there’s no strain on the copper coolant tubes and electrical lines, and the unit stays dry and level, it’s OK that the pad has sunk.
Regular ac repairs and tune ups can keep your unit running reliably. When your air conditioning unit needs more extensive attention, you will want to call in an accredited HVAC maintenance and repair specialist to take care of any potential issues. Regular AC maintenance is crucial in ensuring that your air conditioning system runs efficiently and effectively, especially during those hot summer months.
One key aspect of AC maintenance is to check and clean the filters regularly. Dirty filters can restrict airflow and reduce the efficiency of your system, leading to higher energy bills and a less comfortable environment. It's recommended to clean or replace your AC filters every few months, depending on usage.
Another important aspect of AC maintenance is to inspect the coils and fins. Over time, the evaporator and condenser coils can collect dirt, which can reduce airflow and insulate the coil, hindering its ability to absorb heat. Additionally, the aluminum fins on these coils can bend and block airflow. Using a "fin comb," these fins can be put back into near original condition.
Furthermore, it's vital to ensure that your AC unit's drainage is not clogged. Check the condensate drain to make sure it isn't clogged and is draining properly. A clogged drain can cause water damage in the house, affect indoor humidity levels, and impair the efficiency of the AC.
For more extensive checks and repairs, it's best to hire a professional HVAC technician. They can handle tasks like checking the refrigerant level, testing for refrigerant leaks, checking for duct leakage, measuring airflow through the evaporator coil, inspecting electric terminals, cleaning and tightening connections, oiling motors, and checking the accuracy of the thermostat.
Below are more tips to tune-up your air conditioning system.
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