Throughout the year in South Florida, your AC system is hard at work cooling down your home. When it comes to warmer seasons like spring and summer, your AC must work extra hard. Performing regular services can help your air conditioner run smoothly and prevent costly AC repairs down the road. Here’s your AC repair checklist to keep your air conditioner operating at peak performance.
It’s important to check your condenser and evaporator coils for any damage since it can hinder their performance. Even more importantly, if the coil has a hole or a crack, it can cause refrigerant to leak out and your AC will not be able to operate.
Cleaning the condenser coil on your outdoor unit requires you to spray it down with a hose. If the condenser coil has built-up dirt or is extremely dirty, then you may need to use an AC coil cleaner solution to help with cleaning.
When spraying down the evaporator coil, you should use caution since other parts of the system can get wet during the process. If your fins are bent, using a fin comb is a great option to fix the shape of the fins as well as preserve the efficiency of your AC unit.
Filters should be replaced a minimum of every three months. If you use filters that are thinner like fiberglass or plastic, then those should be changed every month. Other circumstances such as allergies, pets, or living in a dusty area may require you to change your filters more often.
You must turn off your AC system first. Once that is done, open the filter panel on the air handler and remove the filter from the unit. After you have discarded the old filter, replace it with the new one.
One of the most overlooked AC repair issues is the air ducts. Air ducts are extremely important since they move air throughout the AC system. Blockages or holes can hinder the system from working as it should. To avoid unnecessary repairs, it’s best to check the air ducts for any signs of damage.
You’ll find small metal tubes that run from the exterior condenser to the air handling unit. If the refrigerant tubes leak, then you will need to have professional AC repair. If the system does not have refrigerant, then it will not be able to cool your home at all. Also, this type of AC repair must have a professional to safely manage the coolant.
The blower is essential to having a well-functioning AC system. The blower is responsible for blowing air throughout your residence. When servicing your AC blower, make sure you power off your AC unit.
Open the air handler panel and visually inspect the fan and motor to make sure the fan is dust and debris-free. You should be able to freely rotate the fan and motor. The motor should not move from its position or vibrate.
Make sure the belt is in good condition and is not worn out. If the belt is worn out, it will need to be replaced.
Parts that do not have enough lubrication cause grating of the motors and can boost the amount of electricity used. Lubricating the AC condenser fan motors is particularly important because they are located outside and are vulnerable to dirt, rain, and debris. If you hear a screeching noise from the condenser fan, then it’s in need of oil.
Art never recommends working on your air conditioning system in any capacity if you aren’t comfortable or simply don’t know how. If any of the above seem too dangerous or daunting to do yourself, call an HVAC technician from Art Plumbing, AC & Electric. When you depend on your AC to keep running without any downtime, it’s best to get it serviced by a professional. After all, the last thing you want is for your system to stop working when you need it the most.
Art Plumbing, AC & Electric has skilled and experienced HVAC technicians ready to help you with any of your AC repair needs. Contact us at 561-391-1048 to schedule your AC service or repair, today.
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