When you turn on your AC on the first hot day of the year, it can be frustrating to figure out that your unit is struggling to cool the room, or worse, not operating at all. While it's suggested you get a professional engineer to complete an air conditioning service as part of your annual property maintenance, there are also a few simple inspections that you can do in between to keep your air conditioning running smoothly.
Maintain Your AC Unit Clean
Most air conditioning faults are caused by lack of cleanliness, but just dusting the vents regularly can make a big difference to the life of your unit. One more simple thing you can do to improve the hygiene of your air con system is to eliminate the filters, spray them down with antibacterial spray and rinse with warm water. The cleaner you maintain your unit, the less often you'll need to have an air conditioning service.
Change or Clean The Filter
The reason your air conditioning system has a filter is both to protect the mechanics inside, as well as maintaining the air clean inside your home or office. If this filter isn't kept clean you're making your air con system work harder and less efficiently, meaning your electricity expense will be higher and your annual AC service might not be enough to maintain your unit in good health. Some air con filters must be cleaned rather than replaced and vice versa. An electrostatic filter is cleaned, although a disposable fiberglass or paper filter should be replaced fairly regularly; anywhere between once a month and twice a year, depending upon the air quality in your area. Inspect it regularly to identify how often you must be changing yours. A filter which needs changing will look clogged with dust.
Ensure the Condensing Unit is Not Clogged
The condensing unit is the part of your air con system that rests outside and pulls the air in. In case this becomes obstructed by weeds, dead leaves or even outdoor furniture you've stored against it, your air conditioning might not function as well as it could do. Make cleaning the area around the unit part of your regular property maintenance. It's also good to perform this prior to an air conditioning Champlin MN service, to avoid being billed by the engineer for time spent cleaning, and also to avoid misdiagnosis of why your unit isn't functioning properly.
Examine Airflow On Inside and Outside Unit
Once you've removed any blockages from the condensing unit, check that the airflow is powerful and consistent on both units. If the airflow is poor this can show that your air conditioning system has a blocked coil or a failing fan. In most cases it will be necessary to get in touch with a professional air con engineer to examine the problem and provide a solution.
Switch Between Heating and Cooling Modes
It's a good idea to do a DIY air conditioning service if it has been a while since you'd used your air conditioning system. One really easy thing you should do is to try switching between the cooling and heating modes. If your air conditioning is stuck on one setting, it normally indicates that there is a problem with the reversing valve. If this happens you should contact a professional engineer.
Fix Any Rust or Corrosion
Check over your air con system, particularly the outdoor unit, for any signs of rust or corrosion. If the damage is minimal, you can usually repair it by painting over it with waterproof steel paint. If the rust or corrosion is more severe you need to call in a property maintenance professional. Ask your contractor to check for indications of oxidation while completing your air conditioning Anoka MN service.