How to Make Your Air Conditioning Unit More Safe And Reliable
When the warm summer months arrive, it is nice to be able to come into a cool house after having spent the afternoon outside mowing the grass, pulling a few weeds, or just doing general outside maintenance. A well maintained air conditioning unit can provide some well deserved comfort and convenience for you and your family. However, in order to be effective and efficient, air conditioning units do require a little bit of maintenance. Here are a few tips that you can use to ensure that it works properly when you need it to.
Replace the filter in your HVAC unit as required. In order to operate efficiently, the filter for your HVAC system needs to be replaced on a regular basis. Whether that is done on a monthly or a quarterly basis depends on the type of filter that is being used; however, it is very important to not let the filter become too clogged with dirt because that then causes the motors to have to work harder which could cause premature failure of the equipment. Additionally, increased dirt in the filter could cause excess moisture to build-up within the equipment as well which will definitely lead to costly repairs. It is also imporant to remember that the filter is used to clean pollutants out of the air in your home.
Check the drain. Moisture build-up within the system is part of the design, but that moisture needs to have somewhere to go. That’s what the drain is for; however, in order to drain properly it must be checked in order to ensure that it is free from blockages. Obviously, since the air conditioner is an electrical piece of equipment, you can see why it is important to ensure that moisture does not buildup within the equipment.
Visual Inspection. Another very simple thing that you can do is perform a visual inspection of the equipment every six months. There are many small critters which enjoy nibbling on wires and hoses. Check for any obviously broken, torn, or exposed wiring as well as for any hoses which have broken or become disconnected. In the event that any of these conditions are found, do not try to repair them yourself. Call a qualified HVAC expert to repair them for you. By following some very simple maintenance procedures and by having your HVAC system serviced on a routine basis, you are going to benefit by having a system that you know will operate safely and efficiently whenever you need it.