In South Florida air conditioning is a must-have – our summer temperatures call for it! So you do not want to face a broken air conditioning unit during the hottest time of the year. Industry experts highly recommend regular maintenance of your air conditioner and its components throughout the year to keep your AC running all summer long.
As experienced air conditioning technicians, we have identified a few tips for long-term maintenance of your AC. Keeping your unit in good condition will help you spot potential issues early on, which is very important for maintenance. Even small problems, if left unassessed, can lead to increased electricity bills and more serious repairs that will cost you unnecessarily in the long run.
How to Best Maintain Your Air Conditioning System
1. Get Regular Tune-Up Services
A technician will provide this service to check that there are no major problems with your AC unit. Don’t hold out on this, since fixing these problems early on helps you to avoid further problems and repairs.
A complete precision tune-up should include checks on the following:
2. Clean or Change the Filter
If the filter gets dirty, there is a risk of it becoming clogged. Your whole AC system will be less efficient and the air that does bypass the filter will carry dirt throughout the components, further damaging other parts of the unit. A clean filter will make a big difference to the lifespan of your AC, reduce energy consumption by about 10%, and improve the cleanliness of the air in your home!
Your unit’s filter should be changed every month during the hot season and every second month during cooler seasons. If the AC is situated in a dusty place or if you have furry pets around, filters may need more frequent attention.
3. Keep Coils Clean
In time, the evaporator coil in the AC’s condenser will also collect dirt. This dirt reduces airflow. It also insulates the coil, preventing it from doing its job – which is to absorb heat. If you have your coil checked at least annually and have it cleaned regularly by professionals, you should be able to avoid this problem.
With AC units being situated outdoors, coils can become dirty very quickly, especially if there is foliage nearby. Try to minimize dirt and debris near the condenser unit by cleaning the area around the coil. This would include trimming foliage back and even taking care when mowing the lawn if the unit is nearby.
4. Change Thermostat Batteries
This is important because without a thermostat your AC unit simply won’t function properly. You need to remember to change these batteries once a year. An easy way to make sure that you do this is to note it in your calendar or to even set a reminder on your phone or other device.
5. Opt for a Service Partner Plan (SPP)
In the event that something does happen to your air conditioner, you want to be sure that you can get technical assistance ASAP, without having to pay an extra amount for the service in an emergency.
Art’s Service Partner Plan is great for emergencies since you’ll get priority service anywhere in South Florida for any type of repairs, with a 10% discount. Annual maintenance visits are included in a SPP, so if you are worried about remembering to see to your AC unit’s general upkeep, this will help.
For Immediate Emergency Assistance Call 1-800-475-1504