If you just had your old air conditioning system replaced, you know the pain and cost of getting a new unit. The good news is you can do things differently this time. Our technicians at Elite Heating, Cooling & Plumbing have a few simple tips that you can use to maximize the life of your unit.
Simply inspecting and cleaning your unit before the start of the seasons can ensure you catch any potential problems before they become serious. A clean unit also means that it is likely to perform at optimum efficiency during the season. Experts recommend cleaning your cooling system once in the spring or cleaning the heating system once in the fall. It may be worth paying a licensed technician to perform the inspection. It’s a nominal charge and you are guaranteed that any potential problems are spotted and addressed before they become major issues.
A simple visual inspection every once in a while also helps to catch problems early on. This is especially the case for parts of the units that are outside the home. Check for signs of corrosion, wear and tear or debris and leaves piling on the unit. Inspect outdoor units for leaks which are easy to spot. Simply check the ground below the unit for signs of oily substances. Finally, get a licensed technician to inspect your vents, cooling & plumbing at least once every year.
Replace Air Filters
One of the most common causes for AC failure is dirty or clogged air filters. The blockage not only reduces the systems efficiency but also overworks the equipment dramatically increasing the chances of failure. Check the filters every few months for signs of dust or other debris. Change the filter as necessary. If you are not sure whether the filter needs replacement, have a technician take a look at it and make a recommendation.
Don’t Overwork the Equipment
It is not necessary to have your AC running all day every day. This constant working can cause the system to fail before its time. Consider shutting off the unit when you are not at home or when the indoor temperature is tolerable. At the very least, install a thermostat so you can control the temperature when you’re not in the house.
Keeping track of the inspection and maintenance may be difficult especially if you have a busy schedule or you tend to forget things. Consider signing a maintenance contract with a HVAC company. The company will take care of the scheduled maintenance and perform all the necessary tasks on time.