Oct 20, 2012 Air Conditioning
The last few weeks in the Treasure Valley temperatures have been consistently in the 90s and that means that all of our air conditioners are working their hardest. The last thing anyone wants right now is for their air conditioner to break down and stop cooling our homes when the temperatures are hot.
The best insurance against a broken air conditioning system is regular maintenance and while many of the parts in your air conditioning system are technical there are some things that a homeowner can do to make sure that they stay cool all summer long.
1. Make sure to clear the area around the condenser, the condenser is the outdoor unit and it circulates air through itself by pulling air through the coil and blowing out the top. Bushes and any other obstructions must be kept clear of the condenser so that the air can flow properly.
2. The coil in the condenser also must be kept clean, occasionally rinse the coil with the garden hose to clean any dirt and debris off and your air conditioner will run cooler and save you energy.
3. Change your air filters regularly, a clean air filter is even more important in the cooling season than in the heating season. A dirty filter can restrict air flow possibly allowing the indoor evaporator coil to freeze. A frozen indoor evaporator coil will stop air flow and can easily lead to damage of your cooling equipment which can result in expensive repairs.
4. Keep your condensate drains clear, as moisture condenses on the cold indoor evaporator coil it is collected in a pan under the coil and flows out a drain that typically is made of white PVC piping. It’s important to make sure this drain flows freely to prevent water damage and possible build up of any mold growth.
5. Periodically check to be sure that the condenser fan runs when the air conditioning is running, this fan acts just like your car’s radiator fan and if it stops working the air conditioning system overheats and this causes damage that can lead to expensive repairs.
Original post created by: Ameri-Serv