Just like any other home appliance, it’s normal for your air conditioning unit to experience some wear and tear from regular use and develop mechanical problems at some point during its lifetime.
How Your Air Conditioner Works
Central air conditioning units operate in the same way that your refrigerator does, but on a larger scale. Essentially, your air conditioner quickly converts gas to liquid and back again using chemicals that move the heat in the air from inside your home to outside.
Why Does My A/C Need Maintenance?
Just as your car requires regular maintenance to run smoothly and properly, your A/C also requires regular care. Proactively taking care of your air conditioner not only extends the life of your unit, but it can also save you a substantial amount of money on repair and replacement costs. Something as simple as changing the air filter in your unit can prolong its efficiency as well as improve the air quality in your home.
How to Shut Off Your A/C Power
When repairing or installing your A/C unit, it is important to turn off the power to your unit. Turning off your air conditioner’s power not only protects your equipment and the unit itself but also protects you from getting any type of electrical shock. Always check to see if you’ve successfully turned off your system by attempting to turn to heat and cooling on from your existing thermostat.
How to Clean Your Outdoor A/C Condenser Unit
Cleaning your condenser unit outside on a yearly basis will increase the efficiency of your air conditioner and protect your investment. This is an easy DIY cleaning project, but you can also hire a professional to clean your unit for you if you don’t have time. Cleaning the condenser is especially important if there are dandelions growing around your unit or an abundance of leaves or grass clippings.
How to Clean Your Evaporator Coil
The Evaporator coils in your A/C unit are essential in cooling your home. Not only do they help cool things off, but they also remove the moisture in the air that causes that sticky humidity. Since these coils are typically moist from the condensation, they can easily collect dust and dirt and become dirty. Dirty coils prevent your central A/C unit from functioning efficiently, but they are also easy to clean.
What if Your Condensate Drain Line is Clogged?
Remember that evaporator coil we talked about? In order to prevent all the moisture in that coil from living in your A/C unit, the condensate drain line removes that moisture from the unit. Since this drain line is almost always moist, it’s a breading ground for mold and mildew which can cause the drain line to get clogged. This is one of the most common reasons a pro is called in to fix an air conditioner, which means cash out of your pocket.
Why Use Programmable Thermostats to Adjust Home Temperature
A programmable thermostat, when installed correctly and configured properly, will help maintain a comfortable home and adjust the home temperature automatically throughout the day. It can help save money and manage to cool your home without hovering over the older dial models.
When You Should Call a Pro
As we mentioned, keeping your air conditioning system running smoothly and efficiently requires proper, consistent maintenance and service needs. While most of the problems we discussed can be easily fixed at home, some problems require the attention of a certified technician. They have the knowledge and experience to diagnose the problem quickly and get your system up and running safely.