AC Maintenance Checklist
Nothing is more frustrating than going to turn on your air conditioner the first hot day of summer, only to discover no cool air is filling your home. Even when your air conditioning unit is not being used, it can still suffer damage throughout the year. In order to have a properly functioning AC unit, it is important to perform year round maintenance, both as a homeowner and through a professional service.
At Applegate Home Comfort, we are dedicated to keeping our clients comfortable in their homes, and that includes staying cooling during the hot summer days. We work alongside homeowners to give them the tools to maintain home appliances and save money on a costly replacement. By following these easy at-home checklist items for your AC system you can keep your home, and pocketbook, cool all summer.
What To Look For
One of the most common maintenance issues with air conditioning systems is that damage can be hard to spot. Some items that homeowners pass off as “normal” are often warning signs that your air conditioning unit needs some attention.
One of the early signs for needing maintenance is if you feel your air is not as cool as it should be. While this sounds minor, your homeowner’s intuition is usually right. If you have your thermostat set lower than it normally is, just to feel the same degree of coolness, then there is usually a repair needed to restore your unit to its capacity.
Another common warning sign is if your air conditioning system is cycling. This is when your unit turns on and off frequently. It is normal for it to turn off once it has reached the pre-set temperature. Your AC system will occasionally turn on again to maintain that temperature throughout the day; however, if this is happening consistently, in a short time period, then this may need further investigation.
One of the more obvious identifiers for a poorly functioning AC system is a puddle that pools around a condenser or compressor from a leak. If your AC unit is leaking, you should call a professional as soon as possible as it may cause further damage to surrounding appliances.
If you feel your home’s AC unit has experienced these issues it may be time to go through our at-home maintenance checklist or pass it on the professionals.
What To Do
Whether or not your air conditioning unit is experiencing decreased productivity, completing these simple checklist items will ensure that you catch issues before they become bigger problems.
- Check and change air filters-these typically should be replaced every 60-90 days and can not only affect the quality air in your home but can also serve as a fire hazard if left unchanged.
- Clean evaporator coils-use normal water to clean, and rinse, evaporator coils in your outdoor unit.
- Check refrigerant level- this is a good indicator of any leaks, and why your home may not be cooling as quickly. Ask your air conditioning professional if you are unsure how to check this.
- Clean vents-dust can build up where the air is released into your home. Not only can this block cool air from entering your home, but it can also breed dust and mold if not properly cared for.
- Clear dirt and debris from outdoor unit-with your condenser being exposed to the elements, it can oftentimes be blocked by dirt and debris. Keeping it cleared will help it function properly without requiring extra energy to cool your home.
By performing these quick and simple checklist items, you can save money by keeping your AC unit from needing costly repairs or replacement. While these are helpful in regular maintenance, your unit may at times need a professional repair to be made.
When To Call A Professional
If these at home steps do not increase the productivity of your air conditioning unit, it may require an air conditioning expert from Applegate Home Comfort to repair and restore your unit. Here are some common checklist items your air conditioning specialist should perform on a home visit:
- Check thermostat settings-this is to ensure nothing has been changed that would interrupt normal functioning, or to reset if it is an electrical error.
- Check electrical connections-this ensures that the air conditioning unit is receiving the power it needs to run properly.
- Clean and oil all moving parts-like any machine, if it is not properly cleaned and lubricated all moving parts can start to slow down, decreasing the effectiveness and using more energy.
- Check controls of the system-this should be done to ensure that all parts are working together correctly, and do not pose any type of hazard to the home.
- Check carbon monoxide alarm-ensure batteries are up to date and test the alarm.
When a professional performs a maintenance call, their goal is to find any minor problems and fix them. While it may feel like there is always a repair needing to be done, this is more cost efficient in the long run than risking health, home or finance when replacing an entire air conditioning unit.
Contact Applegate Home Comfort Today
If you are interested in scheduling a maintenance visit, want to learn more tips and tricks for maintaining your HVAC system, or just want to speak to a professional contact us today!
You can also call our Okemos, MI office at 517.337.7700