AC repair isn’t everyone’s cup of tea owing to the level of technicality involved. However, we are here to drill you in on the task, so that you can keep your AC maintained in top-notch shape:
- Changing Filters
Filters become clogged with dust and dirt over time, killing the efficiency of your AC in turn. Therefore, it is important to clean reusable filters or replace them once a month during the peak seasons, and once in fall and spring when the AC is not in use. The higher the minimum efficiency reporting value of the filter, or MERV, the better filtration it provides. When it comes to home units, MERV ranges in value from 1-12. However, be mindful of the fact that energy costs should be balanced with air-quality concerns, since the higher the value of MERV, the more energy is needed to pull the air through the filter.
- Fixing Leaks
Leaks in ducts can lead up to a 30% loss of airflow, and it is especially tough to seal window AC units properly. For window units, you can always use the age-old “smoke trick” to detect leaks in ducts: light a stick of incense and place it at the meeting point of the window frame and the unit. On the other hand, you need to hold the stick of incense near duct connections of Central ACs. You have got leakage if the smoke blows around. Foil tape can be used to seal smaller gaps in ductwork, while duct mastic is utilized for bigger gaps. When it comes to fixing leaks in window AC units, stuff foam between the window frame and the device, taping up as necessary.
- Servicing Condenser/ Compressor
The air condenser and compressor of a central AC system are located outside the house. These devices perform at their best when they are surrounded by at least 24 inches of clear space in all directions. Be sure to clear up nearby hanging branches, leaves, tall grass, and shrubs.
- Keeping The Unit Cool
Simply keeping your shades and blinds down during the day can add years to your AC system. You can also consider installing awnings to protect all south-facing windows from extreme sun rays. It is also a good practice to run floor or ceiling fans in conjunction with your AC to effectively circulate cooled air.
- Maintaining The Unit
Your unit should be on a yearly cleaning schedule with the dealer who installed your central AC. This maintenance session goes way beyond simply cleaning filters. This periodic checkup is especially important before peak seasons and involves: verifying operating temperatures, checking refrigerant and pressures, inspecting safeties and controls, checking and cleaning fans and blowers, lubricating bearings and motors, and replacing and adjusting fan belts. Click here to know all about AC repairs.