The Importance of A/C Maintenance Through the Seasons
While most of us rely on the cooling impact of A/C units, very few understand the importance of A/C maintenance and repair. Spending a few minutes and a little elbow grease each season to check in on your A/C unit can help your house stay cooler for longer and save you money in energy costs. Unsure of how to maintain your A/C? We’ve put together a couple of easy maintenance tips to help you get started.
Check Those Filters
The most important part of A/C maintenance is to check air filters and replace them when needed, frequently. Over time, the air filter collects dust, debris, and grime that can clog the filter. Clogged filters impair the A/C’s ability to effectively absorb heat and push out cold air, causing the unit to use more energy. In turn, this not only shortens the life of your A/C unit but can also cause your energy bills to increase.
Pay Attention to the Coils
The A/C coils are the heart and soul of the appliance whether used indoor or outdoor. Like air filters, the coils can collect debris and dirt which can cause them to falter and reduce air flow. For outside A/C units, make sure that leaves, sticks, and snow steer clear of the unit to ensure proper air flow.
For winter preparation, consider removing or covering your unit. This is the single best thing you can do to keep up your A/C maintenance during the cool fall and winter. You need to remove window or portable A/C units before outside temperatures drop below freezing. Make sure you store them in a temperature controlled area. Obviously, you can remove larger A/C units. Cover these with a thick tarp to prevent moisture and exposure to winter elements.
Call a Professional
Maintenance professionals perform routine maintenance to help elongate the life of your A/C unit. Moreover, they also perform more extensive repairs and check a wide range of functions. A/C units also have motors that can be tricky to maneuver for maintenance. Additionally, a refrigerant is the key ingredient to ensure the coiling coils remove heat from the air. Calling a technician is a good idea, especially if your A/C is not cooling properly. This is even a good idea when it has been out of use for long periods of time.
Checking in on your A/C throughout the year is crucial to ensure cool air when needed during those hotter months. Smaller maintenance tasks can save you money both on your energy bills and costly repairs. Great Dane Heating & Air has several trained professionals happy to help with your A/C questions and needs. Give us a call today at (866) 488-3263.