Summer is in full swing and that means one thing for many people: air conditioning season! If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think too much about your central AC system until it’s time to turn it on. But did you know that there are four things you should be doing to keep your system running well? In this blog post, we will discuss the four things you need to do to keep your AC system working properly.
Replace The Air Filter
The air filter plays an important role in keeping your HVAC system running smoothly by removing debris from the air coming through it, such as dust, dirt, and pet fur. It’s especially important for those who suffer from allergies or asthma because the filter keeps these pollutants out of the indoor environment where they can trigger health problems.
Your air filter is one of the most important parts of your AC system. A dirty air filter can cause your unit to work harder than necessary and may even lead to a breakdown. It’s important to replace your air filter regularly, depending on the type of filter you have. If you have multiple filters, make sure to replace them all at the same time. Locate the air filter in your home. Air filters are typically located in the furnace closet or near the AC unit. Remove the air filter from its housing and inspect it to see if it’s dirty. If the filter is visibly dirty, replace it with a new one. If you notice a dusty odor or have compromised indoor air quality in your home, contact an HVAC professional for assistance.
Inspect The Condenser Coil
The condenser coil is located on the outdoor unit. It’s important to keep this area clean and free of debris, as it can affect the performance of your AC system. You should also check for any damage to the coils. If you notice anything wrong, contact a technician right away.
The condenser coil is one of the most important components of your central AC system. It’s responsible for transferring heat from the refrigerant to the outdoors, which helps cool your home. That’s why it’s so important to keep this area clean and free of debris. You should also check for any damage to the coils. If you notice anything wrong, contact a technician right away. Regular maintenance can help ensure that your AC system runs at its best.
Check The Refrigerant Level
Your AC system’s refrigerant level should be checked annually by a qualified technician. Low refrigerant levels can cause your AC system to work harder and result in decreased performance. You can also check the refrigerant level yourself using a gauge, but it is not recommended that you do so unless you are familiar with the process. If you have any concerns about your AC system’s refrigerant level, please contact a qualified technician for assistance.
Turn off the power to your AC unit at the breaker box. Locate the Schrader valve on your air conditioning unit (it will look like a tire valve). Place the gauge over the Schrader valve and firmly press down until it is seated. Turn the power back on to your AC unit and wait for the gauge to stabilize (this should take about 30 seconds). The refrigerant level is indicated by the pressure reading on the gauge. If the pressure reading is below 25 psi, you will need to add refrigerant to your system.
Keep The Area Around The Unit Clear Of Debris
HVAC units must be clear of plants, leaves, and other debris. This is because when these things build up on or around the unit, it can cause problems with airflow. This will make your system less efficient than if you kept it clean. It’s also important that there aren’t any obstructions blocking air from getting into your vents like furniture or draperies, anything else could interfere with proper heating and cooling as well.
If everything seems blocked off then try moving some items away so they don’t block out all the cold air coming through those vents (if this doesn’t work then maybe consider calling an HVAC company). If no one has come yet to check out what’s going on with your AC, you can also try to clean the unit yourself by removing any debris around it and checking the filters. If they look dirty, replace them! Filters should be replaced every month or so to ensure optimal performance from your AC system.
If you’re like most people, you don’t know much about your central AC system. But even if you don’t know how it works, there are four things you should know to keep it running well.