A/C Units Have Needs Too!

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When was the last time you had a routine maintenance check-up done on your air conditioning unit?  Sometimes the air conditioning unit is the one thing we forget requires routine maintenance to work at it’s full potential.  Air conditioners have coils, filters, and fins that require regular maintenance.  When you do not maintain your air conditioning unit, the air conditioning performance declines and the energy use increases, which costs more money.

 

The most important maintenance task is to clean or replace your filter.  Clogged and dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce the system’s efficiency.  When you regularly clean or replace your filter, you lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by five to fifteen percent! Lowering your energy consumption is always a good thing especially when it also benefits your family’s health.

 

The coils in your air conditioner collect dirt over time.  The dirt reduces airflow and insulates the coil, which reduces its ability to absorb heat.  To avoid this issue, you should check your coils yearly and clean them as necessary.

The coils in your air conditioner collect dirt over time.  The dirt reduces airflow and insulates the coil, which reduces its ability to absorb heat.

If you have an outdoor condenser unit, removing leaves and trimming foliage (at least two feet back) will allow for adequate airflow around the condenser.  The fins on the coils are easily bent and can block airflow through the coil.  You can “comb” these fins back in to their original condition, which will open up the airflow once again.

 

Since it is getting cooler out, now is the time to start a new maintenance routine for your air conditioning unit to prepare for the hotter months that will be arriving.  You will end up saving money, and your home will be more comfortable.  We all like to be proud of our homes and keep the insides clean, bright and cheery.  We have to remember, that our air conditioners need to have the same attention given to them as we give the inside of our homes.

 

Imagine the heat index being over one hundred degrees and your air conditioning unit is only blowing out semi-cold air.  You will end up running the air all day long because no matter what, you will still be pretty warm due to the unit’s efficiency decline. This will also cause your bill to go up significantly.  On top of that high bill, you will eventually realize that you need to purchase a brand new unit because yours is most likely beyond the possibility of a repair.  If you make sure you are maintaining your unit regularly, you will not run into any of these problems.  Make a list of everything you need to do, and start going down the list.  You will regret it if you don’t!


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Comments

  1. says

    I completely agree with your points. I feel the most important ones are checking the filter whether it’s clean and installing an A/C cage. If the filter is clean, Then the efficiency of the unit will increase. It will last longer as well. A/C cages can be of help in protectingg the units from adverse weather conditions.

  2. says

    You’re definitely right. It’s important to take care of your AC unit regularly or else you might find yourself trapped in expensive repairs. Thanks for sharing!

  3. says

    You are definitely right, AC units have needs too, but many people ignore these needs. One of the most basic things needed is a clean filter, so make sure the filters are clean. I was unaware of the fins on the coils though, that is helpful information, thanks!

  4. says

    I am the worst at remembering to replace my air filter. And I have no excuse for procrastinating it the way I do! Someone suggested setting an alert in your phone to do it on the first of the month, every 3 months. That sounds like the only way I’ll be able to remember to do it on time.

  5. says

    It’s a good idea to have your air conditioner serviced when winter ends. We had our unit checked and found out that the exhaust had become totally blocked. If we didn’t catch that before the heat set in, we might have spent a ton of extra money on our electric bill if the A/C ran all day long and still didn’t cool the house down.

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