In the warm South Florida climate, we all know the difference that an AC makes in our homes and workspaces. Easily taken for granted, our AC units work tirelessly to keep us comfortable and cool throughout the year. Without preventative AC maintenance, you may find yourself in a bit of sweat when your AC breaks down unannounced. Regular preventative maintenance is key to keeping our homes and workspaces comfortable throughout the year. Here’s an expert guide on how to conduct preventative maintenance on your AC units.
There are a few things that you can start on immediately to keep your AC running smoothly.
AC units use air filters to keep the air in circulation nice and clean. High-efficiency air, or HEPA filters, are the best choice to prolong your AC’s life and to keep the air in your home clean. By installing a new filter you’ll clean out the dust and dirt and prevent air pollutants from infiltrating your home. Air filters should be replaced every 90 days with normal use. However, if you struggle with allergies or have pets in your home, you’ll want to replace the filter more often around every 60 days or even monthly if necessary.
Your outside AC unit should have a two-foot radius around it at all times. This will help to guarantee strong airflow and also helps to keep the unit clean. When plants or dirt and debris get too close to the unit, airflow problems may occur. So rather keep ground plants and brush cut back. It’s also important to keep the top of your unit covered in the storm season to prevent any debris from falling on it. Although be careful not to cover the unit completely as this may cause a moisture build-up.
Certain monthly checks are what preventative maintenance is all about. Be sure to get these checks done regularly.
Your AC refrigerant line will ensure that your air is kept crisp and cold. A correctly insulated refrigerant line will maintain the internal vapor at around 20°F while the unit is on. If the insulation is damaged, the cold temperature won’t be maintained, and you may notice that your AC isn’t as cold as it should be. A refrigerant line repair can be complicated if you’re not in the know. If you notice any damage or deterioration to your refrigerant line, it’s best to call in professionals to fix it for you.
Also known as grilles or vents, the AC registers cover the cavity where the AC duct runs from the furnace to the room. The AC furnace is the component that is responsible for heating the air in your room. Debris can easily get caught in the registers which will affect the strength and quality of your airflow. This means that your AC will work harder to push out the air which will increase your electric bill. Once again, we recommend that you hire a local licensed Air Conditioning Company to give your registers a thorough clean.
Once you have the monthly checklist sorted, then it’s time to ensure that the following items are serviced on an annual basis.
Any AC maintenance plan should include an evaporator coil clean. Your coils are generally kept clean via your air filter, but over time they require a good clean with a foaming aerosol cleaner. This will remove any debris build-up and keep your AC functioning smoothly. When this is neglected, it can cause airflow issues and can also create an insulation effect that will decrease your coil’s heat absorption.
Florida can be subject to some harsh weather conditions during hurricane season. Over time, your external AC unit may be dislodged which could cause a malfunction. Your unit needs to remain level to run effectively. It’s best to check the underlying material such as cement or concrete for any damage or cracks. If you notice any damage the foundation would need to be replaced with a stable and flat slab of concrete.
Art Plumbing AC & Electric offer a full range of AC services. These include new AC installations and preventative maintenance for your existing AC unit. If you’re unsure about where to start with maintaining your AC, our team will be able to offer your expert advice and service. We’ll ensure that you never run into AC problems unassisted. Call us today at 1-800-475-1504.
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