According to the U.S. Energy department, a quarter of all American's use air conditioning. This accounts for 6% of all energy usage in the country.
But with all of these AC units, do users know how to keep them running smoothly? How do you find out if your unit has enough of a refrigerant charge?
Well with a few easy checks, you'll be able to make sure your air conditioner is running great!
Run through this air conditioner maintenance checklist each season and when the time comes, contact your repair team to give your unit a service.
1. Change Filters
While trying to maintain a well-functioning AC unit, it is always a good idea to change the filters regularly.
Some units may require monthly changes during peak seasons. When buying American Standard filters, make sure you choose the right kind for your HVAC unit. If you are unsure what kind of filter fits your model, contact your AC repair company.
2. Drain Lines and Pans
When running through your AC maintenance checklist make sure you give your AC unit a good deep clean. Dusting the pans and flushing the drain lines will ensure your unit runs properly in the future.
Cleaning the condenser and keeping it clear of all obstructions will increase the system's efficiency.
3. Clean All Parts
Like making sure the drains, pans, and condensers are all clear of debris, making sure the rest of your unit is dust free is also important.
Pulleys and belts must be checked over to ensure they are properly functioning. Cleaning the coils and evaporator coils will also need to be done every time you check the HVAC.
Make sure the fans and blower motors are also running properly.
4. Make Sure All Mechanical Parts Are Lubricated
The next part is to make sure every mechanical part is lubricated and oiled to ensure smooth operation. Lubricate all bearings and chains. If you notice any wear or tear that may damage your unit, contact your professional team to come out for a service check.
5. Remove Outside Debris
It's always a good idea to make sure your landscaping isn't impeding the function of your AC unit. When working in your yard each spring and fall, take some time to remove low hanging branches and to clear out cluttering plant life around the unit.
This will help air flow through your condenser. Cleaning your gutters is always a good idea too. This will ensure blockages won't overflow into your AC unit during inclement weather.
6. Check Refrigerant Charge
Making sure your AC unit has enough refrigerant is an essential checklist item as well.
If the refrigerant charge is too low, it must be updated by a professional. Low charge could lead to a poorly running AC unit which could increase your energy costs during the summer.
There are ways to update it yourself but for the sake of keeping your HVAC running smoothly, do not attempt without professional assistance.
Always Use an Air Conditioning Maintenance Checklist
Hopefully, this air conditioning maintenance checklist has given you a leg up on your HVAC's health.
If you think your air conditioning unit needs a service check by a professional, be sure to contact us today.