The summer heat is here which means your AC system may be working overtime to keep you cool. Our team is here to keep you and your home comfortable. A cool home is a Healthy Home Heating & Air, so we have provided you with a checklist of A/C maintenance that you can do yourself! Find out what you can do this summer below.
Change Old Air Filters
One of the easiest and most well-known ways to maintain your A/C unit is to regularly change your air filters. Neglecting your filters can lead to a variety of issues because your system is working harder to pull air in. Ideally, you should be changing your air filters every 30 to 90 days, and even more frequently if you have pets due to hair and dander. A telltale sign that your filters need to be replaced is if the covers over your intake are covered with dust.
Cleaning the Exterior Condenser
The majority of residential air conditioning units have an exterior condenser or compressor. These units serve the purpose to cool the refrigerant used in the air handling unit. However, they can easily become clogged with outdoor debris. It is important to keep the area around your unit clear of leaves, sticks, and other yard debris. When debris gets inside the unit, the efficiency plummets. A basic home maintenance task to complete is to shut off your unit at its shut-off box and remove any debris in or around the unit. To open the compressor’s top you will need a screwdriver or a wrench to loosen the fasteners. If you aren’t comfortable performing this task, one of our technicians will be happy to help!
Inspect the Air Ducts
One of the most overlooked components of your A/C system is the ductwork itself. While it is out of sight, out of mind, your ductwork carries and distributes cool, clean, healthy air throughout your home. When ducts develop leaks or blockages, extra strain is put on the handling unit, which can result in premature failure. It is crucial to inspect your ductwork for signs of damage. Most residential ductwork is located in the attic crawl space, so if you aren’t keen on performing this task yourself, one of our technicians will be here to provide you relief. Charlotte, NC is.
Check for Refrigerant Leaks
Within the air conditioning unit, there are small metal tubes that run from the exterior compressor or condenser to the air handling unit. These tubes carry the refrigerant to the air handler unit to aid in regulating your home’s temperature. If these tubes leak, a professional HVAC repair will be needed as soon as possible. Without refrigerant, your system will be unable to cool the residence at all.
We hope this checklist helps keep your system ready and your home healthy for the warm summer months. If you need any A/C services, our team is happy to assist. Give us a call today at 980-842-6888.