Keeping your air conditioning unit in good condition will not only lengthen the life of the unit, but it will also reduce the need for repairs and keep your electric bill down. The following are three important things you can do to keep your AC in top working order.
1. Make sure your AC has enough Freon
If the air is not as cold as it used to be, it is possible that your AC unit is low on Freon. Freon is the coolant that is fundamental to an AC system's ability to make air cold. Occasionally, Freon must be added to the air conditioner. Also called re-charging, adding Freon is a fairly simple process and you can add it yourself. You will need to know what type of Freon to add as well as the steps needed to do this. Your owner's manual can help you with this. Of course, your Freon problem may be due to a leak. In this case, it is best to call an AC service company to repair the leak.
2. Keep debris away from your unit
Leaves and other debris can find its way into the air intake portion of your unit. Although ground units are most often affected, AC units on roofs can gather a lot of leaves if there are tall trees nearby. When the air intake of the air conditioner is obstructed, this can lead to the unit working harder to pull in air, and this can lead to the AC system breaking down.
3. Change your air filters
During the months that you are using your air conditioner, you need to change your filter once a month. This is only a rule of thumb, but you can check the manufacturer's recommendation for your model. It is best to combine the changing of your filter with something else that you do once a month, so you will not forget. For example, you can change the filter on the same day you pay your electric bill. Without changing your air filter on a regular basis, the air in your home will contain high levels of dust particles and be an irritant to those with respiratory sensitivities.
The three maintenance tips listed above will be helpful to you. Having plenty of Freon keeps your air cold and your utility bill down. Changing your filter keeps your air clean and keeping your AC unit free of debris helps to prevent a breakdown. At some point, every homeowner will have to call for a repair. The best time to do this is when you notice a difference in the way your AC system is operating, especially when you hear a sound or noise that is not normally present.
For more information, contact a company like Reid’s AC & Heat.