AC units can be the one appliance people rely on the most but think about the least. AC repair contractors can help your AC unit work better and last longer with little extra expense.
Here are some AC services you should consider scheduling every year.
Filters and Intake Registers
Few things can damage an AC unit like dirt and dust. Although most homeowners understand the importance of regularly changing AC filters, they often fail to do so frequently enough.
- Filter Schedule: general wisdom suggests that changing your AC filter every ninety days or so is a solid rule of thumb to follow. However, many AC repair specialists will tell you that you might be better served to halve your filter cycling. Changing your AC filter more frequently will help your unit run more efficiently, which can save you money on your energy bills. This increased efficiency can sometimes make up for the cost of swapping out your filters more frequently. Additionally, changing your AC filter more regularly will limit the amount of dust and dirt that can foul-up your unit. Be sure to have an AC repair specialist go over your filter options to ensure that you have the best filter for your system.
- Intake Register: most central AC units have one or two intake registers. These registers are where your AC units sucks up air, which is then cooled and circulated throughout your system. Because intake registers effectively vacuum up air in your house, they can become magnets for allergens, dust, and grime. Spending extra time cleaning your intake registers can reduce the strain on your system and help your unit produce cleaner air throughout your home. To clean your intake registers, open the grate and use a solution of soap and water to sponge them out. Once you've sponged the intake registers, use a clean towel to dry them off. Additionally, when you change your AC filters, spend a few moments vacuuming in and around your intake registers to keep them clean.
Drain Lines and Pans
When your AC unit condenses hot air to make colder air, condensation is a natural byproduct. This condensation can form puddles in the drain the pan beneath your unit, before being drained outside. Because this liquid can sometimes trickle out of your AC unit, it can become gunky and viscus. One of the easiest ways to clean out your drain line and pan is with a solution of vinegar and water. You AC service provider can complete the drain line and pan clean out, which can extend the life of your system, while also helping cut your energy costs.
For more info about AC services, contact a local company.