Proper maintenance is a critical requirement for any residential air conditioning system installation. It helps to keep the AC system running smoothly and efficiently, thus minimising AC operating costs and repair bills.
Here are some essential maintenance tasks that should be performed to prevent problems from arising with your air conditioner.
Replacing dirty air filters
Indoor air pollution is a huge concern for most homeowners. At any given moment, countless dust and dirt particles float through the air inside your home until they find a place to settle. These airborne particles are so small you can't see them with the naked eye.
Your house's HVAC system has air filters that remove various contaminants from the air to ensure good indoor air quality when operating air conditioning equipment. Since these filters accumulate dirt over time, they will become clogged and start to impede the proper flow of air within the AC system. Clogged air filters may lead to inadequate and inefficient cooling, resulting in high domestic utility bills.
It's generally recommended that you change your air filters after every three months, but you may need to conduct more frequent air filter replacements if you have higher levels of air pollution in your house. If you have reusable filters, you'll need to clean rather than replace them.
Clearing your AC condensate drain line
Your air conditioning system doesn't just make your home's interior environment cooler, it also helps to rid your home of any excess humidity that makes the home feel hotter. All that unwanted moisture is collected in the condensate drain pan and removed from your home through your AC system's condensate drain line.
Like the drains running in your home, the condensate drain line can become clogged and create excessively moist conditions within your AC system. This may result in mould and mildew growth.
As a part of preventative AC maintenance, you should regularly check the condensate drain line to ensure it is clear. Any sign of a clogged drain should be looked into before it results in flooding, which can damage the home and ruin interior furnishings.
Cleaning your AC system
Over time, your AC equipment accumulates too much dirt, which can prevent it from running at peak efficiency. Routine cleaning of various AC components, including the indoor air handler, compressor, evaporator coils, condenser coils, fins, condenser fan, and more is essential for removing any dirt that may have built up over time, thus creating problems for you.
Also, make sure that the area around your condenser or compressor unit is clear of any vegetation or other obstructions that may impede the proper circulation of air through the unit.
If you need professional help with air conditioning maintenance, don't hesitate to call an HVAC technician.