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 I knew the house was outdated.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.
Spring cleaning is a tradition in many households. It can be refreshing to throw open the doors and windows and give your home a thorough cleaning after winter has passed. Maintaining your HVAC system should be at the top of your spring cleaning to-do list.
Complete a few simple tasks to maintain your air conditioner now, and you can ensure that the system is ready to perform when summer temperatures arrive.
1. Clear the Condensate Drain
Condensation is a byproduct of the cooling process. Your air conditioner is equipped with a condensate drain line that helps move condensation safely away from your home for drainage.
The condensate line can become clogged with dirt, rust, algae, debris, and other contaminants during the long winter months. These contaminants can prevent condensation from draining out of your air conditioner and cause the moisture to leak into your home instead.
A specialized cleaning solution can be poured into the HVAC access point to clean out the drain line by dissolving any materials preventing proper drainage.
2. Clean the Evaporator Coil
The evaporator coil in your air conditioner is responsible for the transfer of heat that occurs during the cooling process. If the evaporator coil becomes too dirty, the efficiency of your air conditioning unit could be compromised.
A thorough cleaning during the spring can be a simple way to maintain the efficiency of your HVAC system and keep future cooling costs as low as possible. You can use a solution of dishwasher soap and distilled water to scrub away dirt and debris, then rinse the coil clean with white vinegar to eliminate any soap residue.
3. Clean the Outdoor Condenser Unit
The condenser unit houses all major components in a central cooling system. Most condenser units are located outside the home, which means they are exposed to the elements throughout the harsh winter months.
Take the time to clean off any dirt and debris that has gathered on the outside of your condenser. Remove any stray branches or weeds that have started to grow in close proximity to the condenser unit to prevent the obstruction of air once you turn your AC on.
A clean and unobstructed condenser can perform at maximum efficiency to keep your home cool without breaking the bank.
It is very important to perform good maintenance on your HVAC system. To learn more and get help, contact services like Baton Rouge Air Conditioning & Heating.