As the temperatures start to rise, it’s time to think about how we’re going to keep our homes and offices cool and comfortable. At Primo Heat, we know that maintaining your air conditioner is crucial for its performance and longevity. So, we’ve put together this handy air conditioner maintenance checklist to help you keep your cool all summer long.
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1. Clean or Replace the Air Filters
First things first, you got to keep those air filters clean! Dirty filters restrict airflow and reduce your AC’s efficiency, making it work harder and use more energy. Aim to clean or replace your filters every 3-4 months or even more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
2. Check and Clean the Condenser Coils
The condenser coils, located in the outdoor unit, are responsible for releasing heat into the atmosphere. Over time, they can become dirty and clogged, making it harder for your AC to cool your space. Give those coils a good cleaning at least once a year, and be sure to remove any debris that might be blocking airflow.
3. Inspect the Evaporator Coil and Drain Pan
The evaporator coil, found in the indoor unit, absorbs heat from the air, and the drain pan collects condensation. Keep these components clean and clear of blockages to prevent water damage and mould growth. This task might be a bit more complicated, so don’t hesitate to call in the pros at Primo Heat for some expert assistance!
4. Clear the Condensate Drain Line
Over time, your AC’s condensate drain line can become clogged with algae, mould, or other debris. This can lead to water damage and decreased efficiency. Make sure to clear the line annually with a wet-dry vacuum or a specialized drain cleaning tool.
5. Check for Proper Refrigerant Levels
Your air conditioner needs the right amount of refrigerant to cool your home effectively. Too much or too little can cause problems like reduced efficiency, higher energy bills, and even damage to the compressor. If you suspect your refrigerant levels are off, it’s best to call in a professional HVAC contractor to take a look.
6. Inspect the Electrical Components
Safety first! Turn off your air conditioner and check for any signs of wear or damage to the wiring and electrical connections. Look for loose or corroded connections, frayed wires, or burnt insulation. If you spot any issues, call a qualified technician to make the necessary repairs.
7. Test the Thermostat
Your thermostat is the brains of the operation, so it’s essential to make sure it’s working correctly. Test the thermostat by setting it to a cooler temperature than the current room temperature and checking if the AC turns on. If not, you may need to replace the batteries or recalibrate the thermostat.
8. Schedule Professional Maintenance
While DIY maintenance is great, it’s essential to have your air conditioner professionally serviced at least once a year. A trained technician can identify potential issues and address them before they become costly problems. Plus, regular maintenance can help extend the life of your system and keep it running efficiently.
So, did your air conditioner pass the test? If it’s that time to service your air conditioner, just drop us a line via our online contact form or give our expert team a call.