Routine maintenance on your Central AC unit will save you money and headaches. system , ideally in the spring, but the summer is a good time as well.
Follow these tips from CV Plumbing Heating AC and Pools to ensure that your AC works today, tomorrow, and in the dog days of August!
To be sure your system works efficiently, some essential maintenance must be done regularly. Some of this maintenance can be DIY, while other service is best left to an HVAC professional.
DIY AC Maintenance
Changing the Air Filter
One of the most important and easiest ways to maintain your AC unit is to change the air filter. Locate your unit’s filter slot, slide out the old filter, and insert the new one. Make a note of the direction of the airflow and which side of the filter needs to face out. Refer to your unit’s manufacturer’s instructions for correct filter size and steps for properly replacing the filter. Filters should be changed at different times, depending on circumstances. For example, if you have pets, consider replacing it every month. The same rule applies if you have family members that may be sensitive to dust and other allergens. At a minimum, filters should be changed every 90 days.
Checking How the AC Unit Is Performing
Crank up the AC unit and see how it cools your home. Is the AC working to making your home cooler? Is the unit is quiet? Is it performing correctly? Does it smell funny? Note: The first time you turn on your AC unit for the season, you may notice a smell. That’s just the unit clearing out the dust that settled when the AC was last used. The smell should dissipate soon.
When to Let the Professionals Service Your Air Conditioning Unit
Even if you don’t have any issues with your AC unit, to keep it running effectively, we recommend having it serviced by a professional on a yearly basis. A routine maintenance inspection typically includes checking the unit’s motor, drain lines, blower, coils, system controls, pressures, temperatures, lines, connections, and refrigerant levels.
You should definitely call in a professional if you are experiencing any of the following issues:
The AC unit is making strange noises
The AC unit is not blowing cool air or if the air is not cool enough
You notice sweating on the ducts or vents
You’re not interested in changing your own filters. We’ll do it right with quality products and qualified technicians.
You don’t want to ignore something that might be important. If you live in the Rockland County NY, Orange County NY or Bergen County NJ area, give us a call.
When you call CV, we’ll do a thorough AC checkup to be sure all is working correctly.
Many of our clients have service contracts with us, so we’ll visit you annually and take care of everything, including:
Check voltage and amperage to all motors.
Install gauges and check operating pressures.
Check temperature across the coil.
Check for adequate charge and possible freon leaks.
Check pressure controls.
Check crankcase heater.
Lubricate all moving parts.
Check the belt and adjust the tension.
Check filters and replace (1″ fiberglass only).
Check start capacitor and potential relay.
Check the compressor contractor. Check condenser coil.
Check wiring and connections.
Clean and adjust the thermostat.
Check vents and ductwork.
Check condensate drain lines.
Clean exterior of the condensing unit.
That’s why we’re here — to help you keep your cool!
Call on us with any questions or to service your AC.