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Art’s Routine AC Maintenance Guide

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Proper AC Maintenance is critical to keep your unit running efficiently and can save you valuable time and money. With routine maintenance, your AC unit can last between 12 and 17 years. Without regular upkeep, not only will the unit last fewer years, it will also increase your energy bills. While semi-annual HVAC inspections and maintenance should always be done by a professional, there are precautions you can take at home.

Here, Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric in Boca Raton provides a guide on what you should know about routine AC maintenance.

A Guide to AC Maintenance Basics

No matter the size of your home or air conditioning unit, you want to keep it running smoothly – especially in Boca! Understanding the components of your AC is one positive step to great maintenance. 

For homes with central air, their unit will consist of the compressor or condenser, which is the outside part next to your house. Here, the expert HVAC technicians at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric in Boca explain AC maintenance precautions you can take and when to call the professionals.

Air Filters

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), monthly cleaning or changing of your AC’s air filter can reduce its use of energy by up to 15%! If you live in South Florida, your HVAC unit is likely constantly running; this means you may require more frequent upkeep to prevent buildup. 

Another possibility is that dirty or clogged filters can cause debris to bypass the filter and settle into the evaporator coil. In this case, it can mean costly or even irreparable damages. While changing an air filter can be simple, Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric can help you find the best type and efficiency that is right for your unit.

Air Coils

Over time, both the condenser and evaporator coils will collect dirt and debris. Because of South Florida’s unpredictable weather, this is more common. As this debris accumulates, it reduces the airflow and ability to absorb heat. 

One of the best preventative measures you can take to prevent malfunction in your air coils is to clear away debris around the air coils. Also, trim back bushes and other foliage at least two feet away from the condenser. For full cleaning of your coils, always call the professionals to complete the job safely and efficiently.

Coil Fins

Though most AC units have a grid around them to protect the fins, they can still be easily bent. If the coil fins become bent or damaged, they can block airflow. 

To help prevent damage, it’s essential to remove debris from around the unit. If you notice excessive dirt on the fins, you can use a vacuum to a soft brush to clean the fins. 

Due to their fragile nature, it is always a good idea to hire professionals for deeper cleaning. Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric can also help to clean and straighten your coil fins during their routine maintenance checkup.

The Importance of Regular Inspection and Maintenance

To keep your air conditioner running in peak condition, it’s critical to schedule semi-annual inspection and maintenance by expert HVAC technicians.

While you can take preemptive measures throughout the year, only experts can:

  • Clean and tighten connections
  • Check and seal duct leakage
  • Check and test refrigerant levels and leaks
  • Check thermostat accuracy
  • Inspect belts, electric terminals, and motors
  • Level the unit
  • Measure airflow

Trust Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric for AC Maintenance in Boca Raton

Like the rest of South Florida, Boca is subject to intense weather throughout the year. From hurricanes to tropical storms to extreme heat, we rely on our AC to keep us comfortable. Working with Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric ensures that your AC unit will run at its highest efficiency to lower your energy bills and prevent costly repairs. If your home is ready for AC maintenance, call Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric in Boca Raton at (561)-391-1048 or contact us online, today!