What Is the Best Time to Service Your Air Conditioner?
Air conditioners should be serviced once a year, according to Celestial Air’s experts. (The same can be said for heating.) The best season is spring. However, you must do some light maintenance on a regular basis to ensure that your system continues to function properly. Is it necessary to hire a technician for routine maintenance, or can you do it yourself? Continue reading to find out!
How to Take Light Maintenance Steps on Your Air Conditioner
Fortunately, you don’t always need a pro to perform simple tasks on your air conditioner. Before you call an expert, there are a few things you can do yourself.
Replace the Air Filter First
Changing the air filter is one of the most critical and straightforward ways to keep your machine in good working order. You don’t need a professional; simply find the filter slot on your unit, slide out the old filter, and replace it, taking note of the air flow path and which side of the filter should face out. For the correct filter size and steps for removing the filter, consult the manufacturer’s instructions for your machine.
Do you know which kind to get and how much you can change your air filter? That is dependent on your way of life. Do you have any pets at home? Do you have any children who suffer from allergies? Filters are available in a variety of “strengths,” depending on how filtered you want the air in your home to be. They must also be replaced at various intervals, depending on the circumstances. If you have pets, for example, you may want to replace it every month or buy a filter with a higher rating — the higher the amount, the better it filters the air. If you have family members that are allergic to dust or other allergens, the same law applies. Filters should be changed at least once every 90 days.
Next, Do a Spring Cleaning
Now that the new filter is available, it’s time to cross a few more things off your to-do list. Make sure all of the indoor vents are clean first. To avoid mold and algae buildup, pour a cup of bleach mixed with water down the drain of the outside unit. Then, make certain that the unit:
Is situated on a flat floor.
There is no dirt clogging it up, such as leaves, pollen, or twigs.
It has a minimum of 2 feet of clearance all over it.
Around the refrigerant lines, there is enough good-quality insulation.
Note: This can be achieved without trying to open the outside device for safety purposes. If you don’t think you can clean it without dismantling it, hire us to do the dirty work for you.
Then, Evaluate the Efficiency of Your Air Conditioner
After you’ve evaluated the air conditioner’s exterior appearance, it’s time to evaluate its efficiency. Turn the thermostat all the way down and see how it does. Check to see if your house is becoming cooler, if the device is quiet, and if it seems to be operating normally. If you can detect a scent the first time you turn on your home air conditioning, that’s just the air conditioner’s way of clearing out any dust that has accumulated since the last time you turned it on. It should go away quickly.
When Do You Get Your Home Air Conditioner Serviced by Professionals?
You may have switched on the device and noticed a peculiar noise coming from it. Or, even worse, it isn’t blowing cool air at all. That means it’s time to enlist the help of the experts. The sooner you start, the better. You don’t want to end up having to replace your device because you overlooked something minor.