It is a hot summer day, the weekend has arrived and you are coming home from work on a Friday evening, ready to relax! You walk through your front door and immediately feel a heatwave hit your face. YOUR AIR CONDITION IS BROKEN, GREAT! So you spend the next hour and a half sweating in a hot room trying to get in touch with an air conditioning company that won’t charge an arm and a leg, only to realize that you will, in fact, have to fork out a big chunk of cash to get it fixed. arm and a leg, only to realize that you will, in fact, have to fork out a big chunk of cash to get it fixed.
Often overlooked, preventive maintenance of your Air Conditioning unit can leave your unit running smoothly & efficient for years to come. Who would’ve thought that taking 5 minutes every other week to check your unit, could save you literally thousands of dollars in the long run? Preventive maintenance can defiantly pay for itself!
There is a huge list of preventive maintenance practices that you could take (Here is a few more, we will be going over these in future articles). I would like to go over a few of the easier ones in this article. Anybody can do this, they require minimal tools and hardly any time to complete.
NOTE: Before performing maintenance on a unit, you always want to make sure the power is off, you can turn it off at the thermostat or simply turn off the breaker(outside near your unit)
The first tip I would like to go over is making sure that there is no overgrown vegetation growing near your outdoor unit. When vegetation starts overgrowing, it could restrict airflow, causing your unit to stress & run inefficiently. This not only drives up your electric bill, it also drastically decreases the life of your unit. This can be done every time you are doing lawn maintenance & takes only a couple minutes to take care of!
Another important tip would be to open your condenser panel & take a look at your capacitor, you can check the connections and make sure that there is no rust or corrosion (if you notice these abnormalities, call a professional and have it replaced). You can also check your contractor for any burn marks. Be sure to replace, the panel after inspection!
Last but not least, you want to routinely rinse out your outdoor unit coil (this is the radiator looking thing). Grab a garden hose and start from the top of the coil making your way down on all 4 sides, be sure to use thumb pressure(using a nozzle of any sort can potentially bend your fins, reducing airflow).
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