Air conditioners are designed to keep running for long periods of time. They are proven to be really tough pieces of equipment. However, without proper air conditioner maintenance, they can’t last five years without undergoing AC repair.
AC maintenance, including annual tune-ups, is important to maintain the quality of its service. Without regular air conditioner maintenance, ACs lose about 5% of its original efficiency every year. A 12 SEER AC unit that you purchased a few years back can only have a SEER unit value of 9 today. This loss cannot be recovered through any of the AC repair services in town.
Maintaining Air Conditioners
Here is a brief checklist of the things that should be done when maintaining air conditioners:
- Cleaning the condensing unit coils
- Checking the amp draw of compressor
- Oiling the fan motors
- Checking that belts are adjusted
- Checking the operating pressures and temperature of the AC vis-a-vis its manufacturer’s
- Checking coolant levels
Having ample amount of coolant is important when maintaining air conditioners. A 10% deficiency on coolant levels translate to 20% additional operation costs. Imagine what this does to your electric bill.
There are three things that you should always have the time to do: invest on good filters and do not forget to change them regularly, protect the outside unit of your air conditioner from bushes and other foreign materials, and avoid closing supply air outlets in your house as it may cause harm to the overall AC system operation.
Even the most reliable equipment needs maintenance. What more our air conditioners which operate almost 24 hours a day. Take good care of them through proper air conditioner maintenance. With less energy efficiency loss, ACs are less likely to break down, they last longer, and they will not surprise you with a huge electric bill.