When I married my husband ten years ago, I reluctantly agreed to move into the older brick home he already owned. I knew the house was outdated. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any experience renovating an older place. Immediately, I noticed the old central air conditioning unit in the home. After thoroughly inspecting the equipment, I was afraid the ancient unit wouldn’t make it through my first summer in my new place. Thankfully, I was wrong. After ten years, this same air conditioning system is still running smoothly. However, it has received some diligent care from a reputable HVAC contractor over the years. On this blog, you will discover the ways an HVAC contractor can restore an older air conditioning unit.
Summer heat is no joke. Some days, it seems like it is impossible to find comfort as the temperatures soar higher and higher. Being indoors is as unbearable as being outdoors if you aren't lucky enough to own an air conditioning unit. Those who do own A/C units know what utter bliss it is to have one in their house. If you want your home to stay nice and cool, then you need to make sure that the A/C unit is running properly. This guide goes over some basic routine checks that you can perform to ensure your air conditioner runs smoothly for years to come.
Most air conditioning units have a filter inside of them. It is a good idea to check that filter at least twice a year. Remove the filter and check it for holes or rips. You will need to replace the entire filter if you find any damage. If the filter is undamaged, you still need to clean it before returning it to its place. Use a damp cloth and run it along both sides of the filter until all the dust and grime is gone. When the filter is dirty, the air flow is obstructed, and it will cause the entire system to run harder. This can cause other problems inside the unit.
Each unit has two types of coils in it: condenser and evaporator. Over time, they can collect dirt and grime just like the filters. When the coils become too dirty, they cannot do their job and may overheat. This is very hard on the entire unit. Clean the coils just like you cleaned the filters. Outdoor units may become more dirty more quickly than indoor units, so be sure to check them frequently.
Window Unit Seals
If you are using air conditioner units that are installed in windows, you need to check the seals at least once each year. Elements and age can damage the seals over time. Check around the entire unit for signs of cracking on the seals. If you see any damage, you should repair the cracks before using the unit. Damaged seals prevent the unit from being waterproof against the outside elements. This can damage your A/C unit, the window, and the surrounding areas inside the house.
These three basic tips are a good start for any air conditioner owner. However, you can also hire a local HVAC contractor, like Advanced Heating & Cooling, and have them inspect your air conditioning units if you feel more comfortable doing that.