Your air conditioner provides comfort and humidity control during the summer heat in Atlanta. However, if it isn’t performing well, or is poorly maintained, you will suffer the consequences. Here are some great tips to help you reap the benefits of air conditioning maintenance.
Air Conditioner Maintenance Benefits
Regular maintenance will make your air conditioner run more efficiently and reliably, just as it does for your car. You will also enjoy the following additional benefits:
Cost savings. There are many things that can cause your cooling system to stop working efficiently, leading to increased energy costs. Regular maintenance will ensure that your air conditioner runs at its peak performance. It also helps you detect any minor problems before they become expensive repairs.
Increased comfort. A poorly maintained cooling system can cause a decreased cooling power and lower comfort.
Cleaner indoor air. Avoid health related issues that arise dirty or clogged filters, ductwork and other system components.
Longer life expectancy. A clean, well-tuned HVAC systems will reduce friction and stress on your equipment. This will allow it to last longer and require fewer repairs.
Clout offers a variety of services and maintenance programs to keep your cooling system in shape. While you might want to tackle a few of these on your own, Clout is ready to step in when you need us.
Filter changes. Air filters are responsible for trapping tiny particles like dust, pollen, pet hair, and mold. They prevent them from getting into your ductwork or settling in your living spaces. For best results, filter changes should be done every four to six week during peak cooling seasons.
Thermostat inspection. It’s a great time of year to check your thermostat and adjust it to reflect summer temperatures. You can also switch from “heat” to “cool” to improve system performance and battery life.
Landscape maintenance. Regularly trimming the grass and foliage will improve airflow and reduce debris accumulation around the outdoor condenser units. Aim for three feet of clearance around the unit.
Cleaning. (NOTE: Turn off the power to your HVAC system at the exterior switch and the main breaker box before starting the cleaning process.) You can remove the fan cage from the exterior condenser units by removing the screws. A partner should help you hold the fan (which is wired permanently) while you clean out the unit. Next, use the spray setting of your garden hose to clean the fins around the exterior of unit. When you are done, replace the fan and turn on the power supply.
Leveling. The compressor may fail prematurely if the pad that it is placed on starts to tilt as the ground below it settles. To restore balance, check the unit and use weather-resistant shims.
If your air conditioner is more than 15 years old, consider replacing it now with an energy efficient Lennox unit. As a Lennox Premier Dealer, we offer a complete line of energy efficient products featuring advanced technology. Upgrading your unit can actually pay for itself in energy savings over time. Plus, energy efficient units are often accompanied by cash rebates and other incentives. Call us for details on how to get long lasting comfort and impressive energy savings.