Let’s face it, part of Spring cleaning is AC maintenance, although no one really wants to do it. The US Department of Energy agrees, listing a lack of maintenance as one of the top reasons for AC repair.
Annual AC maintenance is a bit of a black box to most people, but it doesn’t have to be. There are basic steps just about anyone can take to make sure their system is running properly. Don’t worry, we’re here to help.
All you have to do right now is to keep reading.
1. Take a Close Look at Your Thermostat
Whether you’re in New Jersey or North Port, AC maintenance starts with the brain of the operation, the thermostat. You could be wasting tons of money on a thermostat that doesn’t pull its weight anymore. Even if it is working properly, it’s always good to review the idea of upgrading your thermostat.
Dirt and grime build up and bad electrical connections or corrosion cause malfunctions. You can reduce both of these with a new smart thermostat and even control it when you’re out of the house.
2. Remove Debris and Dust
Make sure to clear away any overgrowth or debris that has built up around your outdoor unit and vents. A vacuum on your outdoor unit can help with dust and dirt as well, followed by a nice rinse with a water hose.
The indoor unit often accumulates thick layers of dust that cause damage over time. Make sure the unit is switched off and wipe it down with a damp cloth. You can also vacuum the inside of the unit, but don’t give it a rinse like outside or you’ll have a mess.
Ductwork can be tricky, since it’s often in the attic. Checking insulation for tears and snags will make sure you’re not leaking precious cold air into the hot attic.
3. Replace Your Filters
This is one part of AC service and AC maintenance that you can even get your child involved in. Replacing filters is often the number one cause of freezing indoor and outdoor units, and warm blowing air.
Air returns and other vents collect dust and dirt, and can make your filter dirty prematurely. Feel free to vacuum those indoor vents.
4. Monitor Your Refrigerant Levels
Just topping up your refrigerant isn’t a cure-all solution. If you need to continuously add refrigerant, it’s a good indicator you’ve got a refrigerant line leak. Another thing to look for is if the type of refrigerant you need is being phased out or is no longer available.
HCFC-22 and R-22 is a common name for Freon. The EPA banned the use of new systems using it in 2010, and no more manufacture or import after January 1, 2020.
5. Spring for Professional Maintenance
Looking for a refrigerant leak or crawling through an attic looking for vent damage is tough work. All the more reason to schedule a Spring checkup by a professional.
A professional will find hidden leaks, check and maintain the circuitry of your system, make sure everything is still moving correctly, and more. Truly, there’s nothing like a professional touch for your North Port air conditioning needs.
North Port AC Maintenance: Cliffs Is the Coolest Choice
AC maintenance doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, or a whole day’s worth of running around. Cliffs Air Conditioning and Heating is your best choice for North Port AC repair and AC maintenance. You’ll have peace of mind knowing you chose the best AC repair service in your area.
Don’t wait until a summer heat has you down and out. Contact us today for your spring maintenance check or AC installation!
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