Air Conditioning Maintenance Checklist: Know It!

Air Conditioning Servicing

Summer is here in Southeast Houston, friends, and we all know that the heat and humidity of Houston and Harris County are nothing to scoff at. If you’re looking to have a comfortable summer this year, A/C maintenance should be considered and completed as soon as possible in order to ensure a comfortable start to the season and consistent quality cooling throughout. No one wants to be stuck with a broken air conditioning system in the middle of summer heat! Please take a closer look at the Air Check Mechanical Service A/C maintenance checklist provided below to determine what you should be considering this hot summer season.

1. Check out your condenser and compressor on the outside of the building

When debris, such as leaves and/or dirt, enters the exterior of your air conditioning unit, it is imperative that the obstructions are removed in order for your system to operate efficiently and effectively. Working around a fan blade can be extremely dangerous, so make sure the exterior of your unit and the circuit breaker switch for the unit are both turned off before you begin. Another important aspect of maintenance is to clean the area around the unit and leave at least two feet of clearance to ensure that there are no potential obstacles in the immediate vicinity.

2. Ventilation ducts

Because air ducts are tucked away from sight, they are frequently the most overlooked component of your air conditioning system, and they are the most susceptible to blockages. It is necessary to inspect air ducts for damage caused by condensation or corrosion in order to avoid the need for costly repairs in the future. This can be done by an enthusiastic amateur but is better completed by a well-trained HVAC technician such as those at Air Check Mechanical Service.

3. Replacement of the air filter

When was the last time you had your air filter changed in your home? If it has been a while since you have checked your air conditioning
filters in your home, we can assure you that clogged or dirty filters that are not replaced on a regular basis will cause a variety of problems. If you use your air conditioning system on a regular basis in South Texas, you should replace your air filter at least once every three months. Meanwhile, if you rely heavily on your system or have pets, you should replace your air filter on a monthly basis.

4. Coils for the Evaporator

When inspecting the interior air handler, make sure that the coil is free of debris and that it has been cleaned with the appropriate tools to remove any ground in dirt. You’ll want to use a soft brush as well as a coil cleaner that is designed specifically for coils rather than an all-purpose cleaner. Believe us, it does make a major difference. In addition to the drain pan, which will require a thorough cleaning to remove the bacteria buildup that has accumulated since the last time the drain pan was cleaned, the runoff from this cleaning will also collect in the drain pipe. Ensure you drain that as well!

5. Tubes for Refrigerant

Finally, small metal tubes run from the exterior unit to the air handling unit, carrying the refrigerant that allows the system to regulate the temperature in your home. A professional should inspect these to ensure there are no leaks and to prevent the need for costly repairs in the future. Certainly, inspecting these is something a novice can do, but it is important to recognize that an air conditioner that blows hot air or is not cooling properly may in fact have a refrigerant leak already. Make sure you’re ready to call for HVAC repair if you have any of these issues.

Because there are so many variables that influence the performance and strength of your home’s cooling system, it is critical to understand that regular air conditioning maintenance is necessary for your comfort. We hope that by reading this, you have gained some new knowledge and have been inspired to begin your own home maintenance.

Call us at Air Check Mechanical Service today to schedule a semi-annual maintenance check.

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