Air conditioners need to be properly maintained every year.
Adequate and proper maintenance of your air conditioner will ensure that it is economical and can be depended on for a long time. The unit can be kept at the best performance with a few routine procedures. These procedures will enable you to get the maximum comfort you desire from your HVAC system.
Here are what we’ll treat in this post:
- Why you need to maintain your air conditioner.
- Components of the air conditioner that should be tested and maintained.
Why should the air conditioner be maintained?
A large amount of energy is consumed by air conditioners. This is most obvious when the electricity bill is paid at the end of the month. Proper maintenance of the air conditioner will go a long way in making a meaningful difference. The efficiency of the air conditioner reduces by 5% annually if it’s not maintained. With proper maintenance, you can cut the cost incurred through power consumption by 25%. Also, the life span of the machine can be doubled by adequate and proper maintenance.
A number of health risks are also associated with improper maintenance of the heating and cooling system. These health problems can be eliminated by proper maintenance.
Servicing and maintenance of the air conditioners by trained professionals can also help to recover the lost efficiency. Proper maintenance will help the system keep up to 96% of its efficiency. This will go a long way in maximizing the cooling effect of the machine.
What are the components that need to be maintained in an air conditioner?
When maintaining and inspecting your air conditioner, the following should be checked:
You need to regularly test the coolant or Freon levels of the air conditioning system. Loss of coolant in an air conditioning system will increase electrical costs and can also lead to tears in the machine. According to The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), the Freon level must be tested once a year to ensure the levels are adequate.
A trained professional (like Loveland HVAC Repair) can help you repair your residential air conditioning unit and also install and add the Freon to it.
It should be noted that Freon is a chlorofluorocarbon and it’s harmful because it damages the ozone layer when it’s released into the atmosphere. An air conditioning professional is not permitted under law to add Freon to a system that leaks if such leak is found within 30 percent of the unit’s capacity. The leak in the system must be fixed in order to shut the system down.
The voltage and amperage must be tested to all electrical motors.
The air flow must also be tested across the indoor cooling coil.
All moving parts must be lubricated to give room for better movement.
This must be cleaned and adjusted.
The fan motors should be tested and oiled.
Condenser air flow
The air flow must be tested across the outdoor condenser coil.
The operating pressure of the refrigerants must be tested.
Electrical wirings and connections.
The indoor fan relay must also be tested.
Other components of the air conditioner that should be tested include: air filters, fan belts, compressor contractor, reversing valve, drain lines, indoor coil, capacitors, temperature exchange drop, condenser coil, outdoor sub-cooling, defrost control, compressor operation and crankcase heaters.
Apart from saving you money, proper maintenance of your air conditioning system will also prolong the life span of the unit and ensure the proper cooling of the home.
In what ways are you cleaning and maintaining your air conditioner? What are the routines you undergo in maintaining your air cooling unit? We’ll love to hear from you by using the comment box below.
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