Air conditioners are notoriously finicky, requiring a fair amount of TLC to remain running at peak performance. When summer temperatures begin to rise, consider these preventative maintenance tips.
1. Do You Notice Ice On, Or Water Leaking From, The AC Unit?
A common air conditioning problem is ice buildup or water leaking around the unit. If either one of these are noticeably present with your air conditioner, turn the unit off as soon as possible to prevent further damage from occurring. If you see water, this means there is a leak, and it needs to be stopped as soon as possible to prevent damage to the AC unit — or worse — your house. If you see ice, this is usually due to low refrigerant, a bad motor or a bad coil. In either scenario, you need the expert air conditioner repair service of your HVAC technician.
2. Do You Hear Strange Noises When You Turn The AC Unit On?
When you turn your air conditioner on, are your ears greeted by any of the following: Grinding, vibrating, squeaking or squealing? If you hear strange noises, turn it off to avoid any further damage to the unit and call your HVAC technician to look for a loose or failing motor, bent shaft or fan blade or a broken motor mount.
3. Is Your AC Unit’s Once Lofty Cooling Power Sorely Lacking?
It’s fairly frustrating when your air conditioner is not blowing out cold air like it used to. Guess what? Just like your car, your house or even you, your AC unit needs to be cleaned routinely to run at maximum efficiency. Check your filter to make sure it’s not dirty. If it’s still not working after that, turn the system off and call your HVAC technician. The condenser and e-coil probably need to be cleaned, which is a complex job best handled by an expert.
3.5. Bonus Preventative Maintenance Tips!
If your air conditioner is an outdoor unit, there could be flora factors mucking up your systems ability to run properly. Always make sure your outdoor AC unit is free of debris, grass, weeds or mulch. Clearing pesky plant life away helps with efficiency and operation of your AC unit.
For an enjoyable summer season, the best preventative measure is to schedule an appointment with your professional HVAC service. Any repairs or tune-ups needed can be addressed before you end up with a broken down unit in the blistering heat. It’s also going to save you in costly repairs.
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