With some of the hottest months of the year just around the corner, it’s time to get your home’s air conditioning system ready to battle the heat.
Even though your air conditioning system may have sat virtually dormant for the past few months there have been some factors that have been attacking components of your cooling system. These can affect the efficiency of the system and can over time cause a system breakdown that most likely will happen during the hottest days of the year and can lead to a large repair bill.
You can help to combat these problems before they happen by making sure a few simple tasks are performed before the heat arrives.
Performing some simple tasks can help to lower your seasonal cooling bills by a substantial amount. In addition, performing some routine air conditioner maintenance can add years to the life of your system, saving you from the costly expense of replacing the air conditioning system.
There are some tasks that you can perform yourself, but your best route is to hire a company that specializes in residential heating and cooling and is well versed in the regular maintenance that should be performed.
Having the filters of your system checked and replaced regularly is one of the simplest tasks that can yield huge positive results. A dirty filter can lead to the circulation of impurities through your home by allowing dust, dander, and even mold to escape into the air you are breathing. A dirty filter will make your air conditioner work harder, which will cause your cooling bills to be larger than necessary. A system that is being overtaxed by a dirty filter can also overheat and burn out. Regular filter replacement is a relatively straightforward way to remedy these problems.
It may seem obvious, but something that is commonly overlooked is to just clear away debris and leaves that may have accumulated on and around your air conditioning unit. This is another factor that can cause reduced airflow and decrease your system’s cooling efficiency by making your unit work harder, which will also cause a higher energy bill.
Some maintenance tasks are best left to the professional service technicians. Some tasks that the professional will perform during a seasonal check-up include checking the refrigerant level in the unit and adding refrigerant if needed. If your system is low on refrigerant, it will not work to peak performance and will again have to work harder to provide cooling to your home.
The technician will also inspect the base pan and clean the drain openings to allow condensation and water to drain freely.
More of the regular tasks that the professional technician will perform include checking and cleaning the system coil, checking the fan motor and blades for wear or damage, checking the control box to make sure wiring and connections are secure and making sure that all relays, contactors, and circuit boards are not showing signs of wear.
The compressor and the tubing that is connected to the compressor should also be inspected for any damage or excess wear.
Inside the residence, there are also some areas that the professional technician will check out, including the blower motor, wheel, and any belts that are showing wear. Cleaning the evaporator coil, drain, condensation drain lines should also be completed, as well as an inspection of the ductwork to make sure there are no areas of the ducts leaking.
After completing all the above steps, the professional technician will start your system to make sure that the unit’s running smoothly, and check the system pressures and voltage loads to make sure that they’re operating within proper specifications.
If you are a resident of St. Louis, MO, Meyer Heating & Air is the top choice for all your heating and cooling repairs and maintenance needs. Air conditioning repair in St. Louis is certainly a critical need, and Meyer Heating & Air is known as the expert in our industry.
For A/C repair in St. Louis, MO, there is one there is only one company to call – Meyer Heating & Air, the simple choice for all your HVAC repair and maintenance needs. Give us a call or book your service online.
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