A/C maintenance is essential if you want your air conditioner to stand the test of time without costing you a lot of money in repairs. However, many homeowners don’t think that air conditioner maintenance is particularly important toward the end of the season. That’s simply not true. Use this quick checklist to help you take care of your air conditioner this time of year so it functions to its full potential now, and likely will be ready to go next spring when the warm weather returns.
- Lubricate all of the moving parts inside your air conditioner. Lack of lubrication can damage the motor and increase the amount of electricity the air conditioner uses, costing you more money each day. If you feel comfortable doing so, replace any damaged moving parts at the same time.
- Inspect the condensate drain to make sure it isn’t clogged with debris or algae. A plugged condensate drain can cause water damage to your home, costing you thousands of dollars in potential repairs that could easily be prevented. It also adds humidity to your indoor air.
- Clean blower components inside your air conditioner. Cleaning the blower components will help your A/C run much more efficiently. Your home will also be much more comfortable with clean blower components and you will lessen the risk of overheating your air conditioner.
- Clean the condenser and evaporator coils, or have a professional do it for you. Dirty coils reduce your A/C system’s ability to easily cool your home, making it work harder to get your house to a comfortable temperature. Using an A/C system with dirty condenser and evaporator coils can also shorten the life of the system and cost you more money in repairs.
- Tighten electrical connections. Loose connections can shorten the life of the A/C and make it unsafe to operate. Remember to turn off the A/C at the circuit box before fiddling with wiring.
- Have the refrigerant level checked by a professional. Refrigerant isn’t something you can check or replace on your own, and most states require certification to even handle the toxic refrigerant used in air conditioners and heat pumps. The right refrigerant level is essential for an A/C to function properly.
Please contact us at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing for more information about end-of-season A/C maintenance for your Indianapolis area home.
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