Posted on: November 3, 2016
By: Alan O'Neill
Posted in: Air Conditioning
As our temperatures edge a little higher each day, our attention starts to turn towards the warmer weather. We may not be fully ready for spring cleaning yet, but this time of year is perfect for scheduling maintenance for your air conditioning system in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. Hiring a professional to perform a full tune-up on your AC system brings benefits that will last all season long, and scheduling your maintenance appointment now gets you ahead of the crowd.
Basic maintenance for your air conditioner.
Finally, spring is in the air and it’s that time of year again to clean up your home. As with all of the other areas in your home, your air conditioning unit needs to be checked over and cleaned to ensure that it will operate properly in the warmer months of the year. Over time dirt can clog your system, coolant can run low and your filter can become filled with debris, reducing the effectiveness of your air conditioner.
There are several steps you can take to clean out your air conditioner and have it running effectively without any help from a service professional. All of these steps are easy to follow and will only take a few hours to finish. If your air conditioning system seems to have a serious issue, call in an expert to take a look at your unit.
Choose a day in early spring to clean your system. If you find any problems with your unit, it will be much easier to schedule an appointment with an air conditioning technician in the spring than if you wait until the warmer days in early summer. Pick a day when the temperature is at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit — this is the minimum temperature level at which you can test that your system is operating properly. Take out the owner’s guide to your unit and read through the section on cleaning and maintenance. Put on your work gloves to protect your hands while you do your cleaning.
Your outside unit is referred to as the condenser, which holds the compressor, the fan, the coolant tubes and the cooling fins. There should be two tubes running to the condenser — one with a foam covering and one without a cover. The fan in your condenser uses the fins to bring in cool air, which lowers the temperature of the coolant. The coolant is then pumped by the compressor into the evaporator that is located inside your home. The warm air inside your home goes through the evaporator where it is cooled and then blown back into your rooms. As the air is cooled, it is also condensed. The condensation from the air is drained into a tube and removed from the system.
Shut off the power to the condenser unit of your air conditioner located outside. If you are unsure where the switch is located, check the manual to your unit. If you cannot find your manual, turn off the condenser power switch on the main electrical panel. Read more.
Spring is a great opportunity for many things, including getting some of that important work done around the house that you may have been putting off during those chilly winter months of the year. When that time does come around once again, it’s important to remember that you need to pay particular attention to your air conditioner. Not only does routine maintenance help keep your equipment running as efficiently as possible, but it can also be a great way to prolong the lifespan of your AC unit as well. Call(713) 812-7070 us for your home service and repair needs.
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