Extend the Life of Your Air Conditioner with Regular Maintenance

04/13/2017

When the weather starts to warm up, you want your home to be as comfortable as possible. If you haven’t turned on your air conditioning system since last year or haven’t scheduled any pre-season maintenance, however, you might be in for an uncomfortable surprise when you go to turn it on.

If you want your AC to work when you need it most, year-round maintenance is a necessity. While changing the filter and looking for any fluid leaks can be done on your own, it’s important to have regular tune-ups by a trained professional who can perform a number of checks and repairs.

Check Refrigerant Levels

The refrigerant in you air conditioning unit is responsible for cooling the air that flows into your home. If the levels are low or leaking, you might notice your indoor air being warmer than it should be. As part of regular maintenance, a trained AC technician can check for damage; if a leak is detected they can repair the problem, refill the refrigerant and test the repair to ensure everything works properly.

Check Fans and Belts

The outdoor air conditioning unit uses a large fan to pull air across the coils. Although a protective grill is in place to keep out any unwanted debris, leaves and other matter can still get into the system. Your repair technician can clean out the fan casing while also ensuring the belt and electrical motor are functioning properly.

Inspect Coils

Your air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils can collect layers of dirt during normal usage, even if your filter is working effectively. Dirt that accumulates can block airflow, decreasing you AC’s efficiency and costing you more money in the long run. Having it checked and cleaned regularly will ensure your system runs at peak performance.

Perform a Split Test

The efficiency of your air conditioning system is measured using a split test. A professional technician measures the temperature of the air going into an AC unit as well as the air being blown out. The difference between these two numbers is the temperature split. An acceptable range for the temperature split is anywhere between 14 and 24 degrees Fahrenheit.

Inspect Air Filter

One of the most important steps in any air conditioner maintenance process is checking your indoor air filter. Clogged or dirty filters can significantly reduce both your indoor air quality and the performance of your AC system. Filters should be changed at least once per season, though houses with high levels of allergens might need to change their filter every month.

Benefits of Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance on your air conditioning unit provides a number of benefits for both you and your AC system:

  • Prolongs the life of indoor and outdoor units.
  • Increases the efficiency of your AC system.
  • Ensures comfort during warmer months.
  • Increases efficiency to help you save money on your electric bill.

Make sure your air conditioning unit is examined by a professional technician at least once per year to maintain optimum performance.

AC Maintenance and Repair in Georgia

At DC Cheek Heating & Cooling, we are dedicated to keeping our clients cool when the weather heats up. Our trained technicians offer affordable air conditioning tune-up and maintenance plans to help our clients keep their homes and businesses comfortable year-round. Contact us online today to schedule an appointment or request a free quote!

04/13/2017