Air Conditioning Checkup: 4 Things to Do to Save on a Big Repair Bill Later

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    Your air conditioning keeps you and your family cool all summer long, no matter how hot it gets during the blazing Texas summers, but if you aren’t taking care of your HVAC system, you could be risking more than you think. Air conditioners are like any other type of machinery — they need periodic maintenance to run well. Without it, parts wear out and filters become clogged. Eventually the whole system shuts down, and you risk a big repair bill as well as a few days without air conditioning.

    Don’t let this happen to your family by following this air conditioning checkup:

    Clear Debris

    Dirt and debris can clog your air conditioner’s condenser unit. Falling leaves, lawn clippings, and litter can prevent air from flowing properly over the condenser. Be sure to check the fan cage as well as underneath the grate. According to the Department of Energy, you’ll also need to clear at least 2 feet around the unit to allow proper air flow.

    Clean Filters

    Air conditioner filters should be cleaned or replaced regularly, usually monthly in the summer months. When filters become dirty or clogged, it prevents air from moving through the system. In turn, the system is unable to uptake the air to be cooled and output is impaired.

    Replace Filters

    Even filters that can be cleaned should be replaced periodically for the best efficiency.

    Clean Coils

    As filters become clogged and small pieces of debris bypass the filtering systems, the dirty air goes straight to the evaporator coil where the ability for the coil to absorb heat is limited. To prevent issues, you air conditioner coils should be cleaned every year.

    Take the steps you need to save on a big repair bill later by practicing regular maintenance, or hire a professional to do it for you. To learn more about air conditioning maintenance, call us at (979) 776-2222 to make an appointment for your College Station home today.

    August 14, 2015