Tips on Annual Maintenance of Your Air Conditioners

You must be taking care of your air conditioner units very well and rightly so! After all, it is one of the costliest electronic items you possess. However, such general cleaning and maintenance activities are not enough to keep your air conditioner in good condition. Obviously, it is useful for keeping the unit in good condition, but an annual special care is also needed to increase its life. A yearly check-up routine will help you keep your energy bill low and also saves you from any unexpected repair costs. So, before you switch on your air conditioner this summer, make sure that you follow the tips given below:

Change the Filter

Change the Filter
Change the Filter
You don’t have to wait till your air filter breaks to change it. It is suggested that you should ideally change this part of your air conditioning unit every few months but most people ignore it. It can turn a little disastrous, especially if you have a family member or a frequent visitor who is prone to develop allergies. Even if you don’t change your filters in every few months, try to do it annually. It is important to keep the inner atmosphere of your house clean and breathable.

Clean the Vents

Clean the Vents
Clean the Vents
If you are the type of person who takes care of your possessions, you must be dusting your air conditioner several times a year. But that is actually not enough to keep the vents and ducts ideally clean. You should consider calling a professional for giving the ducts and vents a thorough clean-up, annually. Calling companies like Meyer Heating and Air can help you ensure that your air conditioner is in great working shape.

Get Your Refrigerant Level Checked

Refrigerant
Refrigerant
Refrigerants used in the conditioners, ideally, do not need to be changed or filled as it is not consumed by the unit. However, sometimes refrigerants may leak and you need to make sure that there is no such leakage. So, when the professional service provider comes to clean and check your air conditioner unit, you need to get your refrigerant level checked with a leak detector. These refrigerants are extremely harmful substances, so you need to make sure that the technician empties them with proper care rather than releasing them into the air.

Get Other Important Elements Checked

Evaporator Coil
Evaporator Coil
When you call a technician to check your refrigerant level and clean your vents, get all other important elements checked in that visit only. This will be the most cost-effective way to give your air conditioner the annual ‘health check-up’ it deserves. Ask the technician to check the airflow through the evaporator coil. Ensure that the coils and electrical control of your unit are in perfect shape. While checking the control system, it is important to make sure that heating and the cooling systems of the machine cannot function simultaneously. Get all electric terminals inspected and cleaned. If there’s a need, ask the technician to apply the non-conductive coating on the terminals. And lastly, get the motor oiled.

By following these simple rituals every year, you can keep your air conditioner running perfectly for a very long period, without putting a strain on your energy bill.  

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