There are a few things worse than finding yourself in the heat of summer with no air conditioning. And yet, it seems like many systems wait until the weather is at its worst to cause problems. So how can you prevent these high heat meltdowns? Here are several tips you should follow to keep your air conditioner in good working order this summer.
Be sure to change your filter regularly. Different systems have different time frames when filters need to be changed, but the general rule is anywhere between 30 and 90 days, depending on the filter. It’s best to check the filter and change it if it is dirty before you even turn the air conditioner on for the summer, but if you have already flipped it on, just check it as soon as possible.
Clogged Drain Line
Make sure the drain line is not blocked. This is one of those things many homeowners don’t even think about. It’s out of sight, so it is out of mind. Air conditioners naturally create condensation during normal operation, and that condensation needs to be drained out. Make sure that the line has a clear shot to the outside so that the moisture can get out of your home. Also keep an eye out for standing water, which is an indication that there is something wrong with the drain line.
Lubricate the moving parts
This is probably something that you want to ask a technician to check and take care of for you. Lubrication will help ensure that the parts are all moving smoothly and operating as efficiently as they can.
Look for any visual obstructions around your air conditioning unit. When the unit is located outside, it is very common for there to be some kind of obstruction that will keep the air from flowing through it efficiently. High grass, bushes, weeds, or branches can all keep your unit from running as efficiently as it could. And if they are allowed to grow into the unit itself, they could cause a serious breakdown.
Get regular tune-ups
The easiest way to prevent serious breakdowns of your air conditioner is to have it checked out twice a year. Of course, the most important time to check it is at the beginning of summer, but don’t forget to have it checked at the end as well.
An air conditioning system is a closed and sealed system. It should never leak refrigerant. When it does, dangerous things happen. Your air conditioner efficiency drops and electricity usage rises. The coil may freeze. Your air conditioner may not cool. The compressor could become damaged. Also, refrigerants are greenhouse gases. A variety of tools to is used to track down leaking refrigerant, so make sure it is fixed by an HVAC professional.
When everything fails, get a new system. In some cases, you may find out that it is actually cheaper to get a new air conditioner rather than continue to pay the expensive bills caused by an old unit. If it is more than 15 years old, it might be time to start thinking about an updated model that has the latest technology and can run more efficiently. If you have any questions about the life of your unit, ask Bradford Air & Heating. Let Bradford Air and Heating keep your air conditioner from breaking down this summer. Bradford Air & Heating provides HVAC services for both residential and commercial customers in Contra Costa County, Alameda County and Livermore. We repair, install, and maintain HVAC systems with our team of licensed and certified cooling and heating technicians. We deliver exceptional customer service and receive high satisfaction ratings from our customers. For more information about Bradford Air & Heating, click here