Air Conditioner Maintenance Every Homeowner Should Know

air conditioning maintenanceRegular air conditioning maintenance is extremely important and necessary during summer when you will be using your cooling unit for longer hours. Aside from properly cleaning your indoor and outdoor units as well as changing or cleaning your filters, there are other important aspects of maintaining your air conditioner. Read below to find what these are.

Basic Air Conditioner Maintenance Guide

There are some things you will need to do before starting your air conditioner for the first time. It is highly recommended that you do these days before summer heat sets in to ensure your air conditioner is ready to serve you in the coming warm days. Plus, should you find your unit has problems, it will be easier for you to seek professional assistance.

  1. Make sure the outdoor unit – the condensing unit – is not covered with dust and debris like leaves and branches. The unit needs to be able to draw in the air freely without any hindrances to effectively function and operate.
  2. Ensure you have clean filters. If your unit uses disposable filters, purchase additional filters as you will most likely be replacing them more often during summer as you continue to use your air cooling unit for longer hours. If it uses washable filters, make sure you wash them at least once a week. Keep in mind that air that is blown throughout your houses passes thru these filters. They need to be clean and free of clog to ensure smooth airflow.
  3. Check your thermostat Most homeowners panic when their air conditioner does not function properly when the only problem is they have not properly adjusted the thermostat settings. Make sure that your thermostat is in the right setting so as not to cause damage to your air conditioning unit.
  4. Inspect all access panels of your air conditioner. Screws may become lose even if you are not using your unit. Either way, you still need to check them to ensure they are secure and tight.
  5. Regularly remove debris that has accumulated around or near your condensing unit. Keep in mind that leaves, dust, papers and other debris are blown by the wind on a daily basis. So even if you cleaned and removed debris from your condensing unit before you use it for the summer, this debris can come back in a week or a couple of days. To ensure, your condensing unit is free of debris, clean it at least once a week.
  6. Hire a air conditioner maintenance professional to clean your unit before the summer season begins. This will ensure that your unit is properly and efficiently cleaned before and after you use it during summer.
  7. Avoid cleaning your air conditioner by using your garden hose to spray water over it. There is a proper way of cleaning your heat pump. Cleaning it with water is dangerous considering it is an electrically powered machine. You might be doing more harm to your unit than cleaning it if you used water. Keep in mind that water and electricity when combined may result in electrical shock or a short. Thus, it is highly recommended that you hire professionals to clean your air conditioning unit.

Regular checkups by professionals

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These checkups are an important aspect of maintaining an air conditioning North Myrtle Beach as these help you discover if there are problems with your air conditioner before we are in the hot summer temperatures. They are especially helpful in identifying small potential problems so you can resolve them earlier before they lead to large, more damaging and costly problems.

According to experts, you should have your air conditioner checked by trained and skilled professionals like North Myrtle Beach Heating & Air at least once a year, particularly every spring. This is the best time for a checkup as it will give you sufficient time to repair and resolve any problems before the summer season when you will need your air conditioner the most.

A basic air conditioner checkup includes:

  • Inspecting thermostat to ensure proper operation
  • Checking of all electrical components, wirings, and connections
  • Oiling motors and other components as necessary
  • Checking for smooth and unhindered airflow
  • Checking for the proper level of Freon and looking for signs of Freon leakage
  • Properly cleaning of coils to ensure smooth and filtered airflow

Call North Myrtle Beach Heating & Air now to inquire about their air conditioner maintenance services.

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North Myrtle Beach Heating & Air
1001 2nd Ave N
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Serving: North Myrtle BeachBarefoot LandingLittle RiverLongsCherry Grove

Optimize Thermostat For Cool Energy Savings

air conditioning settingsTo improve energy efficiency this summer and save money, you can take a small but important step by ensuring that your thermostat settings are set for maximum comfort and efficiency. By assessing the efficiency of your air conditioning system and cleaning or replacing air filters, you can improve system performance.

Summer is here, and you may  already be enjoying the balmy nights and warm days we have been experiencing. The warmer weather brings with it a lot of fun at the beach, but also a greater need to keep cool. This is especially true during the hottest hours of the day. This month we researched how to maximize your thermostat settings so that you can stay cool in summer without burning through your wallet.

What are the optimal thermostat  settings?

The climate in your state will determine the optimal AC setting. For example, the recommended AC settings for South Carolina may be different than the AC settings in northern states where many of you are from. It is generally recommended to keep the temperature difference between indoors and outdoors small. The lower your cooling costs will be, the smaller the temperature difference between indoors and outdoors.

A general tip to reduce your energy bills is to keep the house warm when you’re not at home. Set your thermostat to a lower temperature when you arrive home to cool down. When you’re home, the U.S. Department of Energy suggests setting your thermostat to 78 degrees. However, they do mention that it depends on where you live as well as how comfortable you feel in this temperature. Each house and individual is different!

The Department of Energy recommends that you do not set your thermostat to a lower temperature than usual when you turn on the AC. The AC will not cool down your home any faster if you set the temperature lower. This can be an unnecessary expense. Instead, turn on the fan!

Be a fan of fans!

ceiling fanYou can save a lot of cash by using your ceiling fan in conjunction with an air conditioner. Fans do not cool a room, but only the people inside. Your fan will disrupt the layer of stagnant air surrounding your body. This layer of stagnant air prevents heat from escaping. It is similar to being covered by a blanket. Fans disrupt the layer of stagnant air and create airflow in the room, which allows your body to release heat faster. You will feel cooler even without lowering the AC temperatures. Save energy by using the fan.

Remember that the fan will not save you energy. Instead, it is better to increase your thermostat. The fan compensates for higher AC temperatures.

Increase your thermostat while keeping the fan running. You’ll use more energy if you turn on the fan while keeping your thermostat set at the same temperature. According to the US Department of Energy a ceiling fan allows you to increase your AC by 2-4 degrees and still feel cool.

Quick Home Adjustments

Close your blinds throughout the day. Close your blinds during the day to reflect heat that is radiated through the windows. It is especially important to do this during the day when the sun’s rays are directly shining on your home.

  • Close all windows and doors when using AC.

If possible, change your AC filter every month during the summer months! Dirt and debris on your AC filter will make your AC system work more to cool your home. You can save money by changing your AC filters regularly. Your system will be more efficient and last longer.

  • When you leave the room, turn off all lights. Leaving lights on can warm up the room.
  • It’s best to leave interior doors open if you have central air conditioning.

Preventative Maintenance

Air conditioning preventative maintenance refers to the regular and proactive servicing and inspection of an air conditioning system to ensure its optimal performance, efficiency, and longevity. It involves a series of tasks performed by qualified technicians to prevent potential issues, identify and address minor problems before they escalate, and maintain the overall health of the system. The primary goal of preventative maintenance is to maximize the system’s reliability, energy efficiency, and lifespan while minimizing the risk of unexpected breakdowns and costly repairs.

North Myrtle Beach Heating & Air includes in air conditioning preventative maintenance:

  1. Cleaning: Regular cleaning of air conditioning components, such as the condenser coils, evaporator coils, filters, and drains, is crucial to prevent the accumulation of dirt, dust, and debris. This buildup can hinder airflow, reduce cooling capacity, and strain the system, leading to decreased efficiency and potential malfunctions.
  2. Inspection and lubrication:  Our technicians inspect the various parts of the system, including fans, motors, belts, and bearings, to check for wear and tear, loose connections, and signs of damage. They also lubricate moving parts as needed to ensure smooth operation and minimize friction, which can contribute to excessive energy consumption and premature component failure.
  3. Refrigerant levels: Maintaining the correct refrigerant charge is essential for optimal cooling performance. Technicians measure and adjust refrigerant levels if necessary, as improper amounts can lead to reduced efficiency, increased energy consumption, and potential compressor damage.
  4. Electrical system check: The electrical components of an air conditioning system, such as wiring, capacitors, and relays, need to be inspected for signs of wear, loose connections, and potential electrical issues. Identifying and addressing these problems early can help prevent system failures and electrical hazards.
  5. Thermostat calibration: Technicians ensure that the thermostat is accurately calibrated, enabling it to maintain the desired temperature and ensure optimal comfort while minimizing unnecessary cooling cycles.
  6. Airflow assessment: The airflow within the system and throughout the conditioned space is assessed to identify any restrictions or imbalances. Technicians may clean or adjust ductwork, dampers, and vents to optimize airflow and ensure proper cooling and distribution.
  7. System performance evaluation: Our technicians test the system’s performance, measuring temperature differentials, monitoring operating pressures, and assessing overall efficiency. This evaluation helps identify any performance issues or deviations from normal operation, allowing for timely adjustments or repairs.

By performing these routine maintenance tasks, air conditioning preventative maintenance helps prevent unexpected breakdowns, improves energy efficiency, prolongs the system’s lifespan, enhances indoor air quality, and saves on long-term repair and replacement costs.

North Myrtle Beach Heating & Air recommends an air conditioning checkup every 6 months or just after movibg into your home. Call us today to schedule a convenient time.

North Myrtle Beach Heating & Air
1001 2nd Ave N
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Serving: North Myrtle BeachBarefoot LandingLittle RiverLongsCherry Grove