What’s Involved in AC Maintenance?

Published on: July 30, 2014
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Air conditioning upkeep is essential to ensure that your system works its best each year. While it is recommended that you opt for professional preventative maintenance at least once per year, there are some do-it-yourself AC maintenance tasks that you can take on. Here is what you need to know about keeping your air conditioning running efficiently.

Air Conditioning Maintenance Checklist

These are the tasks that you can handle without the help of a professional. It is important to avoid going above and beyond these simple tasks. Trying to take on tasks that are best left to an experienced technician could result in injury and may cause damage to your air conditioning system.

  • Check your air filter at least once every month. There are a couple of reasons to complete this task. Clogged air filters cause your cooling system to strain when it is turned on, and this struggle can decrease efficiency. The result is higher utility bills. Damage may also be caused when your system strains to circulate air. Dirt that is clogging your air filter can even cause illness or exasperate allergies.
  • Test your cooling system by setting the thermostat and observing whether the system is able to properly cool your home. You can use a small thermometer to take the temperature in each room of your home. If there are some rooms that are particularly warm, you may need to have your ducts cleaned.
  • Observe any changes in the noises or smells that your system makes. Air conditioning systems that start to make a lot of noise need to be promptly serviced to prevent permanent damage. Foul odors could be connected to serious problems that need to be corrected by a professional technician. Simply observing changes in your system throughout the year is one of the most important maintenance tasks to be performed.

When to Call in the Professionals

There are many air conditioning maintenance tasks that require the expertise of a technician. These tasks should be done at least once each year, and it is generally recommended that annual maintenance appointments be scheduled for the spring. Spring maintenance ensures that your system will be up and running when the weather starts to get hot. Here are some tasks that you can expect a technician to perform.

  • Ensuring that all of the electrical connections located throughout an air conditioning system are tight.
  • Lubricating all moving parts in the system to prevent friction that can cause damage and make a cooling system work harder.
  • Checking the condensate drain to find and remove any clogs.
  • Cleaning the coils located through the system.
  • Checking the refrigerant level and adding or removing refrigerant if needed.
  • Checking the condenser to determine whether it is in working condition.
  • Determining the efficiency of the airflow provided by the cooling system.

 Finding a Trusted HVAC Professional

If you are looking for an experienced HVAC company that employs NATE-certified technicians, AC Southeast® can help you connect with a professional. The website allows users to search for air conditioning contractors in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Alabama. You can then contact a company serving your area to schedule a preventative maintenance appointment.