What Is AC Maintenance?

May 31, 2019 2:42 am Published by Leave your thoughts

As with any large appliance, air conditioning repair in Kalamazoo, MI can be as simple as changing the air filter or as problematic as a busted outdoor unit. How’s your basic AC knowledge? Anyone with a central air conditioning system in their home needs to know what AC maintenance is, when to perform each task and what to look out for to prevent problems. Below are some important tips for avoiding costly air conditioning repair services.

Replace or clean air filters

One of the most important air conditioner maintenance tasks is also one of the easiest to do yourself. Yes, we’re talking about replacing or cleaning the AC air filter. The purpose of the air filter is to maintain good indoor air quality and trap unhealthy particles—including dust, dirt, pollen, mold spores, bacteria and pet dander—that float through the air you breathe. The filter is generally located somewhere along the return duct’s length, which is where the air travels in and out when the cooler is on. The filter is like a sifter, stopping small debris particles from getting inside the intake (and the system as a whole) and recirculating throughout your living spaces.

A clean air filter ensures the efficiency of your air conditioner so you can enjoy cool air all summer long, while a dirty or clogged filter will block normal airflow and choke the system. If you have a reusable air filter, plan to clean it once every month or two. If you use a disposable filter, be sure to check it at least once a month and replace as needed. A good rule of thumb is to change the air filter more often on systems that are in constant use, or because you have furry indoor pets.

Clean AC coils and coil fins

Air conditioner coils play a crucial role in AC function. They help the refrigerant absorb heat and cool down the inside of your home, but dirty coils have a hard time absorbing heat. What you should do (or hire a professional to do) is inspect and clean the coils periodically. Clean coils do not have to work as hard as dirty coils to cool your home. Always keep the area around the condenser unit clear of debris.

Then there are the coil fins. These aluminum components are found on the air conditioning system’s condenser and evaporator coils. Over time, the coils fins can bend, causing insufficient airflow and blocked air channels. They should be checked regularly by an expert, or you can consider getting a tool called a “fin comb” that is designed to comb fins back into their original position.

Inspect condensate drains

The condensate drain allows the condensation inside the AC system to drain moisture to the outside. You need to keep an eye on this component because it can clog. Clogged condensate drain channels keep a unit from reducing humidity, which can result in excess moisture discoloring flooring and walls.

If you need air conditioning repair in Kalamazoo, MI, call All Brands Heating & Cooling. We’re always here to help!

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