The key to an efficiently and properly working air conditioning system is preventive maintenance.
Regular HVAC maintenance helps save money by avoiding unnecessary repairs. Learn more about your HVAC system and determine which maintenance tasks you can do yourself and which ones should be entrusted to a professional HVAC contractor.
Understand How Your System Works
There are two primary components of a central air conditioning system – the condenser and the evaporator. The air conditioner condenser unit is usually mounted outdoors on a slab near the back or side of the house. You will find the evaporator coil situated just above the furnace at the duct junction. Your air conditioning unit is attached to the forced-air distribution system. The blower, ductwork, and motor that are used to cool your home are also used to heat it.
Basic Preventive Maintenance
Optimal working conditions – Make certain that all conditions within your home are optimal so that your system does not have to work too hard in order to cool things down. Look for areas where cool air can escape and correct them so your air conditioning unit is not constantly running.
Change or clean air filters when required – One of the simplest preventive maintenance measures you can practice is the changing or cleaning of your air conditioner’s air filters. This simple task can add years to the life of your HVAC system and prevent costly repairs. When filters get clogged with dirt and dust, it increases the chances of the fan getting littered as well. As a result, the fan becomes weighed down and cannot operate properly. You may experience a serious malfunction with your system and some very costly repair or replacement charges.
Clean air ducts – Clogged air ducts restrict the flow of air which in turn causes your system to work harder than what it is supposed to and drives your utility bills up. Clogged air ducts can even cause motor burnout in more serious cases. If you do not want to incur costly repair or replacement expenses, have your air ducts checked regularly and clean them out whenever it is necessary. This applies to any fans in your air conditioner system as well.
Preventive Maintenance Advantages
Most HVAC installation and repair companies offer preventive maintenance programs. Many individuals think this is an unnecessary expense until there is a breakdown and they are faced with costly repair or replacement charges. That can easily be avoided if you invest in a preventive maintenance program with a St. Louis HVAC company to clean and inspect your HVAC system.
Keep in mind that if you need an emergency service call, it will cost you double what a regular service call costs. When you consider how preventive maintenance will save you money, it is a worthwhile investment. Call Air Excellence Heating and Cooling at (636) 980-0998 to schedule an appointment.