Your air conditioner is a complex appliance, and its parts all depend on each other for the system to work. A problem with one component can cause damage to occur on other areas of the unit. To keep your home's cooling system running smoothly and extend the life of your AC, it’s crucial to perform regular air conditioning maintenance. Here are a few steps you should take at home to prevent issues and catch problems early.
How to Maintain Your Air Conditioner
1. Change the Filter
As it runs, the air filter gets clogged with dust, forcing the fan to work harder to keep air moving. This causes the system to be less efficient and use more energy—therefore, increasing your energy bills—and leads to quicker wear and tear. To avoid these issues, change the filter at least once every three months.
2. Clean the Unit
Dust and grime accumulate on the air conditioner's internal and external components. Wipe off the vents when you notice them getting dirty, and then turn the unit off completely and open it to dust off the refrigerator coil. This will help the coil transfer heat more efficiently, increasing the effectiveness of the system.
3. Inspect the System Frequently
While you're cleaning your air conditioner, examine the visible components for cracks or worn parts. Look for wires that are out of place, pooling water, and mold growth. If you notice any of these issues, call an air conditioning maintenance expert before these problems lead to costly repairs or even a replacement.
4. Test the Thermostat
Every month of so, make sure the unit is getting your home to the correct temperature. Use a separate thermometer to measure your home's air at several different temperature settings. Check that the system is responding correctly. If you notice temperature discrepancies, upgrade to a smart thermostat. In addition to being longer-lasting, these devices are designed to increase the efficiency of your unit and lower your energy bills. You can set the system from your phone, and program it to turn off when you aren’t home.
When you need an air conditioning maintenance expert, contact Glastonbury Burner & Boiler in Hartford County, CT. Based in Glastonbury, their reliable HVAC professionals are available 24/7, every day of the year. To ensure you’re satisfied with their work, they offer a two-year warranty on parts and labor for installations. To schedule a visit, call (860) 659-4120. Visit them online to learn more about their services.
***Glastonbury Burner & Boiler is an authorized contractor through ENERGIZECT for financing and rebates.