Having your air conditioner professionally serviced or having it checked can be quite expensive. However, there are things that you can do on your own so that you can save some money. These are things that you can do at the start of spring and end of the summer. These servicing steps below will help you with staying cool during the warm weather months.
Turn Off the Power
Before you get started, make sure that the electricity to your AC unit is turned off and find its capacitor. This can be easily done by following the manufacturer of your air conditioner.
Oil Your Motor and Clean Your Condenser Fan
Your condenser fan probably is going to be covered in dust, so it’s important to thoroughly clean it using a brush. Even though an expert is likely going to charge upwards of $700 for repairing your condenser, you’ll be able to start by removing your cover grill, then detaching your setscrew that holds your fan in the right place. Then, you should remove your fan so that you have access to your oil parts. Lubricate your fan motor using oil the manufacturer specifies.
Clean Your Fins and Condenser Coils
Clean your condenser coils with your garden hose, removing your coil guard prior to spraying your inside unit. This is going to prevent debris that has been soaked with water accumulating inside your fins. If your fins have been bent, use a comb specifically for the fins and straighten them. This comb can also be used for cleaning your fins.
Recycle Your Refrigerant
If you’re low on refrigerant, this is a job for a professional. Even though it’s possible to change it on your own, you have to know exactly what to do in order to ensure that there aren’t any harmful gases that are leaking into the air when you do it.
Service Your Filter
If you’ve discovered that your filter is beyond repair, it’s time to change it. But if your filter is simply dirty, it’s easy to clean it. When you don’t change or clean the filter, bacteria and fungi may develop and this can hurt your health if you inhale it. Here are some things you can do to service your filter:
- Clean Your Filter – In order to clean your filter, remove its casing that is encompassing your air filter. Then clean it using water and soap that isn’t abrasive. Repeat the procedure every couple of weeks so that your air filter’s life is enhanced. Make sure it’s totally dry before you attach it to your unit.
- Buy a New Filter – If your filter’s too dirty, you can purchase a new one. Cut this new filter using scissors. Then rinse it using clean water, letting it completely dry before installing it where your old filter had been.
Service Your Ducts
Clean out your air ducts on a regular basis using your vacuum cleaner. This is going to help with removing dust particles or debris that are being sucked into your ducts.
Do Checkups Regularly
Check different parts like breakers, fuses and your thermostat regularly. Make sure that all of your connections are where they should be and don’t forget to check your HVAC system’s heat side to achieve the best performance.
There are some things that you should leave to a professional, but routine maintenance such as listed above can help you save some money. If you aren’t comfortable doing it yourself or if you are running into a problem which you aren’t sure about, it’s always a good idea to have a professional take a look rather than taking a chance.
Air Conditioning Professionals
Boyd Brothers HVAC is built on integrity, professionalism and doing the job right the first time, every time. Growing up in Southwest Florida, we understand that having a broken heating or AC system is about the last thing you want to deal with, or wait around to have serviced.