Deciding to Seek Help For Your AC Unit

By the time you finally get into bed at night, you might not want nothing more than to watch a fun television show in your cool, air conditioned master bedroom. Unfortunately, if you are experiencing trouble with your air conditioner, you might find yourself in a stuffy, uncomfortable space instead. However, air conditioning trouble doesn't have to come as a surprise. If you can learn to recognize the signs of trouble early, you might be able to call in the professionals before things turn sour. On my blog, you will be able to read through loads of helpful information on HVAC, so that you can detect trouble before it ruins your sleep.

Wise Homeowner: 2 Simple Tips To Maintain Your Air Conditioning System

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The air conditioning system is something that most people tend to forget about as long as they are comfortable. But a wise homeowner knows that it is better to maintain an air conditioning system than to let it fail prematurely. The following are two simple maintenance tips that will help with the upkeep of your A/C. 

1. Changing Your Air Filter

The air filter helps your air conditioning system remove debris and pollutants from the air that cools down your home. Most filters need to be replaced every month (you can check your owner's manual to be sure). The air filter is usually inside your home and sits inside one of the air duct openings. Remove the few screws holding the air duct opening in place, and replace your filter. You can also use your owner's manual to find this location.

Remember the following:

  • An old air filter will make it harder for you to feel cool air. It may even raise your energy costs.
  • Air filters are graded 1 through 12 in efficiency. 12 is the best but also causes your A/C to work harder, driving your energy bill higher.
  • Old air filters may allow pollutants and debris into your home, which may aggravate you or anyone in your family who suffer from asthma or allergies. 

You can have your air conditioning service specialist deal with the air filter change if you do not feel comfortable doing it on your own. 

2. Cleaning Your Condenser Coils

The condenser coils sit outside of your home and are housed by a small fence-like cage sitting right over your air conditioning system's exit fan. You can use your owner's manual to locate the condenser coils, too. These coils are essential for optimal temperature control, as they are responsible for absorbing and expelling the air collected by your air conditioner. 

The good thing about these condenser coils is they are easy to maintain. All you need is a fine comb and condenser coil cleaner, which you can purchase from your local hardware store. 

To clean your condenser coils, follow the steps below:

  1. Remove the cage-like grill.
  2. Clean the coils following the specific directions on your cleaner.
  3. Use the comb to straighten any coil wires that might be out of shape. 

There you go; that is how simple it is to take care of your condenser coils. Remember to check your condenser coils monthly, especially if your bill is running high or your home is taking longer to cool or warm up.

Following the tips above may help extend the life of your air conditioning system and may also avoid costly repairs. If you have specific questions about how your air conditioning is working, contact a business like A One Heating & Air Conditioning.

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25 June 2015