An air conditioner needs regular maintenance to function effectively and efficiently throughout the hot Arizona summers. Neglecting your air conditioner maintenance in Queen Creek will ensure a decline in performance and increase your energy use. Some maintenance chores can easily be done by you, however, other maintenance tasks are best performed by a professional.
1. Air Conditioner Filters
This is something you can easily do yourself. Routinely cleaning or replacing your air conditioner filters will ensure its efficiency. Clogged filters will block the normal airflow, significantly reducing the system’s efficiency. Likewise, if the normal airflow is obstructed, air bypassing the filter can carry dirt straight into the evaporator coil, impairing the coil’s efficiency.
Some filters are reusable and other types need to be replaced. Clean or replace your air conditioner filters every month or two during the summer. However, the filters may need attention more frequently if the air conditioner is running constantly. Likewise, if a dust storm hits, you may need to check the filters.
2. Air Conditioner Coils
The evaporator and condenser coils collect dirt over the months and years. While clean filters mostly prevent this, over time, the coils will still get dirty. To avoid this, check your air conditioner’s coils yearly, and clean them if necessary.
3. Coil Fins
The aluminum coil fins on the condenser and evaporator coils can get bent, blocking the airflow through the coils. An air conditioning professional can use a “fin comb” to straighten them out.
4. Condensation Drains
Blocked drain channels will prevent the air conditioner from reducing humidity, resulting in excess moisture inside your home. This can lead to mold growth. Pushing a stiff wire through the drain channels should clear out any debris.
5. Window Unit Seals
If you have a window unit, at the start of the summer, check the seal around the air conditioner and the window frame. Make sure the seal makes contact with the metal case.
6. Prep it for Winter
During the winter, cover your air conditioner to protect it from debris and winter weather.
While you can perform much of this maintenance yourself, call in our professionals for any maintenance you feel uncomfortable doing.