Air Conditioning System Maintenance & Care Tips and Suggestions
It is of course obvious that the key to having a properly working and efficient air conditioning system is to have preventative maintenance performed on a regular basis. It will help you save money over the long run by not having to have unnecessary repairs done in the future. To understand why this is important, you first need to learn the basics of your HVAC system and have a good understanding of all that is involved with preventative maintenance. That will help you with determining what maintenance chores you will be able to do on your own and which ones you should have a repair technician or professional contractor do for you.
Understanding How Your HVAC System Works
All central air conditioning systems have two main components – the evaporator and condenser. Usually the A/C condenser unit is mounted outside on a slab close to the side or back of the house. The evaporator coil will be positioned at the duct junction right over the furnace. The air conditioning unit and forced-air distribution system are attached together. Basically, the motor, ductwork and blower used for cooling your house are used for heating it as well.
Concerns Regarding Basic Preventative Maintenance
We need to be realistic here. Normally wouldn’t look forward to having to deal with costs for replacing or repairing your air conditioning system. However, you will be forced to if you don’t have some of the basic preventative maintenance chores listed below done:
First of all, be kind to your air condition system whenever you can. Ensure that the conditions inside your house are optimal so that the system doesn’t need to work too hard to cool everything down. Search for places where cool air might be able to escape and get those fixed so that the A/C unit doesn’t run constantly.
Clean or change air filters as needed – this is one of the most basic preventative maintenance tasks you can perform. Cleaning or changing the air filters can add years to your HVAC system’s life and also help to prevent expensive repairs. Whenever filters get clogged with dust and dirt, it increases the odds that the fan will also. This will result in them getting weighted down so that they can’t run properly. This could result in a serious malfunction taking place inside your system along with some very expensive replacement or repair costs.
Clean air ducts – when air ducts are clogged it restricts air flow. This in turn makes your system have to worker hard than it should and increases your utility bills. In really serious cases, it could even result in the motor burning out. To prevent having expensive replacement or repair costs, your air ducts should be checked and cleaned on a regular basis. The same thing should be done for the fans inside the A/C system.
Advantages to a Preventative Maintenance Schedule
A majority of HVAC repair and installation companies offer preventative maintenance programs or schedules. Many people think it’s an unnecessary expense until a breakdown occurs and they have an expensive replacement or repair charge that they have to deal with. This could have been avoided quite easily if a preventative maintenance program was invested in where a technician visits your house to inspect and clean your air conditioning system.
Just remember that when an emergency service call is needed, it can cost twice as much as a regular service call. When you consider how much money you can save through having preventative maintenance performed, it is definitely a worthwhile investment.