As Thanksgiving and the festive season approaches, the last thing you might have on your mind is your AC and having to do air conditioning maintenance. Which is why we have compiled a little list of things you can do to ensure your AC tech doesn’t end up joining you for Thanksgiving dinner. Just follow these simple steps and you won’t have to worry about anything other than your relative’s terrible turkey jokes.
Clean or Replace Air Filters
Filters are one of the most important parts of any AC, as they capture and remove large particles from the air in an attempt to keep the rest of your AC functioning properly while simultaneously preventing polluted air from being recycled throughout your home. Although some filters can be washed and re-used, others need to be replaced once they become clogged and dirty. To prevent asthma attacks or even just the occasional cough at your dinner table, have a look at your AC filters as soon as possible. Dirty filters can reduce AC efficiency and thus use more energy, costing you unnecessary money that could be spent on holiday gifts.
Check the Condensing Unit
Most home air conditioners will have a piece of machinery outside of the house known as a condensing unit, which works to draw air into the AC itself. During the holiday season, most households tend to deck their gardens with festive décor that could possibly get in the way of a condensing unit. Since the unit is located outside it can also become dirty and may even have small debris such as sticks or leaves inside it, which then reduces airflow and causes the condenser coils to work less efficiently. So, rather than covering your unit in tinsel, switch it off and see if it needs to be cleaned. If so, give us a call and we will gladly come help you out.
Check Your Condenser Unit’s Fan
While inspecting your condensing unit, have a look at the fan located near the top of the unit (after turning your AC off, of course). The fan, which is covered by a grate of some sort, helps to keep the condenser cool and prevent it from overheating. If any debris obstructs the fan it will not be able to efficiently cool the condensing unit, which may cause it to overheat. Moreover, if you see any cracks or chips on the fan blades themselves, they may need to be replaced by an experienced technician to prevent any future damage.
Change the Thermostat Batteries
While most thermostats will indicate whether or not they are running low on battery power, it is best to change the batteries in your thermostat roughly once a year to prevent your AC from shutting down. If your thermostat isn’t working, your AC won’t be able to function properly, which in turn could ruin any dinner plans you may have. Before changing the batteries, check to see what type your specific thermostat requires.
Although these are a few examples of quick, easy maintenance checks you can do yourself, it is still best to contact a professional to do annual maintenance checks on your AC to ensure that it is operating at peak condition, and is not putting your family at risk.
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