Most households will turn their air conditioning unit off during the winter (unless their unit has a warm heat setting) and may not think about using it again until late-spring. This is the perfect time to have the system serviced to ensure it is ready for the hotter period of the year, and below we go into more detail about preparing your air conditioning unit for the summer.
Replace the filters
You may need to either clean or replace the filters in the system. Over time they
become clogged with dust and dirt and usually need to be cleaned at least every
other month. If they remain clogged up the air flow becomes restricted which
impacts the overall efficiency of the system. Some filters can be reused,
although most will have to be replaced, so always follow the manufacturer’s
Clean the condenser coils
Both the fan and condenser coils also need to be cleaned. When installed outside
there is a good chance garden debris has accumulated that needs removing.
Also, be sure to check inside the box to see if any debris has clogged up the
coils. Before doing any work here, make sure the power is turned off. You can
use a soft brush on a vacuum head to gently clean the coils, although take care
not to bend or damage the coils or fins.
Check the coolant lines
The coolant lines run from the evaporator on the air handler out to the
condenser unit. Taka a close look to see if any of the foam insulation surrounding
these tubes is missing or frayed. It can be replaced with new foam insulation or
with a foam insulation tape wrapped around each line.
Get professional maintenance support
If you are not comfortable cleaning and repairing your air conditioning unit, a
professional company will be able to help. From checking the accuracy of the
thermostat and identifying refrigerant leaks, to tightening connections and
measuring airflow to sustain peak performance, an experienced, reputable
company will ensure your unit is ready to provide the cooling air you need when
the temperature rises.
Confirm your free maintenance survey and quote
At AAC we help countless homeowners and businesses to maintain their air
conditioning systems right throughout the year. To find out more and get book in
a free survey and quote, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 01707 32 55 66.