Although Benjamin Franklin probably wasn’t thinking about HVAC systems when he said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” this is a very good motto for Homeowners and air conditioners. We often don’t give much thought to our ACs until the first heat wave, but with these tips, you can diagnose any problems before you actually need it!
Run your air conditioner for a few minutes in the spring to make sure the unit cools properly. If it does need servicing, you’ll find it much easier to get a technician out to your home now rather than during the summer when everyone else is also clamoring for attention.
Clogged air filters restrict airflow and can cause poor air distribution throughout your home. This will diminish the overall performance and life of your AC system while increasing your monthly energy bills. Wash reusable electrostatic filters regularly and replace disposable air filters monthly.
When selecting new filters, be sure to buy one that is appropriate for your unit. Selecting one that is overly restrictive can slow the rate of airflow into your home, and cause your AC to malfunction. Bottom line, if you don’t have a top-of-the-line AC, you probably don’t need a top-of-the-line air filter.
If you need a reminder to replace your air filter, consider placing a note with your monthly bills or enter it on your smart phone calendar. Considering how little time it takes to change an AC air filter, it’s amazing how often this simple task is overlooked.
HVAC systems include primary and secondary condensation lines that drain water away from the main unit. The secondary line is placed where it will be easily seen – often beneath an eave in front of a window – so you can easily see when there is a problem. When it drips, the primary condensation line is probably clogged and a professional should be called. You should have your system checked at least once a year to keep it running smoothly. Some warranties require service twice a year.
Providing some tender loving care to your AC now can save a lot of frustration and aggravation during the upcoming dog days of summer.