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The Dos & Don’ts Of AC Maintenance

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It’s impossible to live without your AC unit in South Florida, which is why regular AC maintenance is a must to ensure that your unit stays in tip-top shape. There was a time when people had to do without AC, but as society progressed, air conditioning has evolved into something that we just can’t live without. AC has become a vital part of our daily lives to ensure we are in a cool and comfortable space when at home and at work. There are also additional benefits to having a working AC as it helps protect against indoor air pollution.

Where Does AC Maintenance Come In?

Just like your car needs regular service checks, so do your household appliances; this includes your AC. This is to help ensure that everything continues to work effectively.

The thing is, most people hate to call AC professionals for what they think are unnecessary services. However, there are one or two things you can safely DIY to ensure your AC is working, and it’s recommended to have your unit inspected by a professional technician at least once a year. Remember, regular preventative maintenance helps prolong the lifespan of your unit.

What AC Maintenance Tasks Can You DIY?

While everyone knows you shouldn’t attempt to DIY AC related tasks, there are a few things that you CAN do to ensure that your ac keeps running. It’s advised that you proceed with caution and remember to take all risks into consideration before you attempt to DIY anything on your unit.

Cleaning The Condenser Unit

Please remember to turn off your AC (and all power running to the unit) before you attempt to clean the condenser. The condenser is normally located outside or in a garage or attic. You should clear away debris to ensure that there are no blockages stopping air from entering the condenser. You can also make use of an old paintbrush or toothbrush to wipe away the gunk that may have accumulated on the condenser fins.

On the off chance that your condenser fins are bent out of shape and you know you cannot attempt a repair; you will need to call in a professional HVAC technician to take a look. Only a professional will be able to advise you if it’s ok to leave it as is or if you are in need of a replacement.

Changing The Filter

The filter is located inside your home, typically in a closet housing the HVAC unit. Eventually, it will accumulate a large amount of dust and debris which will affect overall performance. Remember, if your filter is too clogged, your AC will work overtime to compensate for the lack of efficiency. This ends up costing you more on monthly utilities and puts a strain on your unit.

When Should You Call In The Professionals for AC Maintenance?

Even if you continue to do regular AC maintenance, you will need to call a professional at least once a year to take a look at your AC system. There are also times when no amount of DIY guides or online tutorials will help you – keep in mind that Florida state legislation states any electrical work done to your home needs to be done by a licensed technician. If you do not enlist the services of a licensed technician, your home may not be up to code. You can always count on the experienced and fully licensed and insured team at Art Plumbing, AC & Electric to have your back when it comes to regular preventative maintenance.

The following are a few issues that only licensed technicians can handle:

Sizing

If you’re looking to purchase and install a new AC unit, only a professional can help you correctly size the unit to your property. If not, your new unit may either end up too big or too small. It may not seem like a problem, but eventually, incorrect sizing will decrease the lifespan of your new AC and cost you more in monthly electric bills.

Electrical Faults

If you think your unit may be faulty, it’s best to call a professional. HVAC technicians are trained to deal with the complex nature of AC wires and motors. They will be able to identify the problem without the risk of electrocution or other life-threatening accidents.

AC Maintenance For All

It’s nice to know you can do things on your own, but peace of mind is priceless. Sometimes it’s better to just call in the professionals at Art Plumbing, AC & Electric to ensure that your unit is in perfect working order. If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a service, don’t hesitate to contact us today at 561-391-1048!

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