You might have heard from many HVAC technicians and professionals that it is important to service your air conditioner often. However, there are varying definitions of “often.” To help you out, the pros at Acree are here to tell you exactly how often your AC needs service and professional maintenance.
How Often Should You Service Your AC?
While there are many sources that provide answers to this question, it’s important to listen to the most reliable ones. The Department of Energy says that it is best to have an HVAC technician perform maintenance on your unit AT MINIMUM every year. However, you can choose to have your AC professionally serviced twice a year as well. To make it easier and more affordable many HVAC contractors have special offers and maintenance plans that usually offer 2 tune-ups annually—much like Acree!
What Does a Professional Tune-Up Include?
A professional tune-up allows professionals to inspect your unit for any issues and ensure all components of your unit are working properly. Here are some things you should expect during a professional tune-up service.
- Look for and seal any duct leaks
- Inspect filters, coils and ductwork for obstructions such as dirt, dust, mold etc.
- Check refrigerant amount in your unit, look for refrigerant leaks
- Ensure your thermostat is working properly
- Ensure air flow is consistent
- Inspect and lubricate motors and belts
How Can I Service My AC on My Own?
While it’s important to have your AC looked at professionally, it’s also important to find ways to maintain it on your own. Here are some ways you can perform maintenance on your HVAC unit.
- Change Your Filter
Changing your air filter is one of the easiest ways you can ensure your AC is in good condition. A clean air filter can improve your indoor air quality and air flow. In addition to that it can reduce your AC’s energy consumption by 5 to 15%! It only takes a few minutes to change your filter, but it can make a world of a difference. Ideally, you should change your filter once or twice every month.
- Seal Up Your Home
Your AC will be forced to work overtime and run constantly if your home is not sealed up properly. Inspect your home for any air leaks, especially around your windows and doors. If you notice worn out sealing in these areas, be sure to replace it by getting new weatherstripping from your nearest home improvement store.
- Clean Your Outdoor Unit
Make sure you clean your outdoor unit to ensure your condenser coils are clean and functioning properly. Trim the vegetation around the condenser and maintain a clearance of 2 ft around the unit. In addition to that, clean the external fins of the condenser (without bending them!) using water and coil cleaner. Consult a professional or do your research before you do this.