Scheduled maintenance is a must for any home with an air-conditioning unit that runs regularly. However, there are also chores that you can insert in your routine that can really help prevent your home’s AC from breaking down.
Replacing Air Filters
Most AC’s have a reusable air filter that you can clean yourself. If your unit operates throughout most of the day, it would be best to have it cleaned each month. If you live in an area that has a lot of smog outside, it is also best to clean your filter every two weeks.
Dirty filters accumulate dust, dirt, and allergens affecting the flow of air inside your living space. Your kids might be allergic to dust or you might have allergic rhinitis that can get triggered because of the dust and particles that are getting blown together with the cool air.
Checking wires can be done on your own you just have to know where it’s hidden inside your unit. Access panels are easily located, you can just consult the manual for your unit to find where it is.
Be sure that your unit isn’t connected to a power outlet to avoid electrocuting yourself. Once you’ve secured that part, it’s time to open the access panel which can be opened using tools like a screwdriver.
Look for blackened wires, pitting in the contactor switch, and other signs of overheating. If you have an electrical meter, you can use it to check the condition of the capacitors in your unit. These simple tests can be helpful in finding initial signs of a problem.
A functioning thermostat allows you to cool your rooms at the right temperature. Many AC’s nowadays come with a programmable thermostat which is a convenient option because you don’t have to do any more hard turning unlike the early mechanical thermostats.
These devices can help you control the temperature throughout the day and schedule cooling times for your AC. It helps you save time and money because you don’t need to manually set the temperature and the right temperatures at the right time mean you’re not wasting energy which translates to the electric bill.
Your AC has a fan unit that helps circulate the air in and out of your home. You must make sure that it’s running smoothly with no damage. Turn off your AC and do a simple inspection by looking at the fan in the cracks and maybe check the bearings for rust.
For AC’s that have an external unit, there might be grass, dirt, and other organic materials that can get inside. It will clog up and cause damage to your external unit. You must make sure that there is empty space between your ACs external unit and your plants. Regularly trimming your garden will go a long way in keeping plant materials from entering your external unit.