The best part about being a homeowner if fixing everything when it breaks right? Wrong. When you are a homeowner for a long enough time you realize that some things can be cleaned or some type of maintenance to help increase the longevity of their life. Being that your air conditioning system it is the most expensive appliance in your home almost all the time. The most expensive regular appliance by far. So, with that in mind we have put together this blog post to inform homeowners how to properly maintain your air conditioning system to help it last as long as possible.
The most important thing with your air conditioning system anytime of the year is air flow. Air must flow through the indoor coil freely and with ease. This should also happen on the outdoor coil when it is running air conditioning. The indoor coil is protected by an indoor air filter, most of the filters in your home air conditioning system will require you to change them out every month. No matter what the brand or type of filter you should throw it away and get another one at the beginning of every month. This is due to the restriction of the thickness of the filter. A one-inch filter is usually common which is only good for one month. The less common filter for home air conditioning systems is the four-inch-thick filter. This filter is a longer lasting filter because of the amount of space to put media. The four-inch-thick residential air conditioning system filter is usually good for about 3 months depending on the situation. This indoor air filter changing could possibly increase the efficiency of your air conditioning system by %30!!!
The second and easiest thing you can do to help your air conditioning system is to clean the outside unit. The outside unit moves the Freon from outside to inside. When it is inside, we all know it gets cold and most of us know when the Freon is outside it is hot. This is the very definition of refrigeration. To remove heat from somewhere it is not wanted to somewhere it does not matter. So, when the Freon of your homes air conditioning system is outside in the infinite loop it gets pumped up to a high pressure and cools off. Then it is returned back inside and gets very cold. Once it has removed as much heat from the indoor air that it can it is sent back outside in the infinite loop. While it is inside the indoor air filter protect the air from getting the indoor coil dirty, if you change it frequently. On the other hand, while the Freon is outside it is subjected to all of the dirt that can hit the outdoor coil. This outdoor coil is usually cleaned off once a year and more in some cases. When you clean the outdoor unit use a water hose and watch that the pressure does not bend the fins on the coil so as to prevent air from flowing through them when you are done. If you damage the coil while cleaning you will be doing more harm than good. With the potential damage of your system on the line this is an important yearly cleaning to do. This alone can help keep 10-20% of your homes air conditioning cost down.
When you in the business of home and office air conditioning repair you come across all different types of reasons for an air conditioning system to fail. When we are presented with a new problem is where we get interested but when we see something that we see all the time, that is when we are to the point of getting burned out. This is where you can get in trouble if you are not careful as to how you present your response to a customer being an air conditioning technician. So, to help prevent that to happening to my regular customers I like to get into the habit of talking to my customers about maintenance all the time. Getting to know their preferences and expectations when it comes to their air conditioning system. This is one of the most common problems that will affect the efficiency of your air conditioning system. That is keeping the Freon level proper. Now I mentioned earlier that the Freon is in a closed system that is in an infinite loop. That is true but nothing on earth is infinite. That goes for your homes air conditioning system also. This is because the metal that holds the Freon pressure rusts and breaks the seal and other weak links can break and produce small leaks that will require you to add Freon every couple of years. With this in mind it is always good to have your Freon level checked by a licensed and insured residential air conditioning company. If your air conditioning system in your home is running with a low enough amount of Freon it will cause large increases in your electric consumption of that unit and also potential property damage.