Like many of the appliances in your home, your air conditioner usually goes unnoticed until it stops working. As we continue to serve the Salt Lake Valley we are running into more and more homeowners that seem to be a little confused when it comes to properly maintaining their air conditioner. One of the most common questions we run into is “how often should I service my air conditioner?” As a good rule of thumb, we always suggest that you have your air conditioner or central air unit maintained at least once a year by a professional. This minor yearly cost ends up paying for itself by keeping your machines energy efficient and by adding years to your A/C lifespan.
What will an HVAC technician maintain and inspect
- Cleaning of the unit. This includes replacing your filters as well as clearing the unit of all dust and debris both internally and externally.
- Checks for leaks. This can include refrigerant leaks and well as any air leaks in the ductwork.
- Measure your coolant levels and refill if necessary.
- Tighten all connections and oil any moving parts.
- Look at your thermostat to make sure it is programmed and functioning correctly.
- Diagnose and address any potential concern with advice and options on how to fix the issue.
Things you can do to maintain your unit in between maintenance periods.
The single most important thing to upkeep with your air conditioner is to change the filter in your home. We recommend that you do this once every 90 days, but even more frequently if you live in a dusty area. We also encourage you to clean your outside condenser unit. This can be done fairly easily with a garden hose and towel. Make sure that you keep grass, plants, and shrubs that surround the unit in check. It is optimal to give your outside unit at least two feet of clearance in every direction. If it is at all possible it is a great idea to keep the condenser in shade especially during hours of operation. An awning or even outdoor umbrella is handy when it comes to keeping your unit as cool as possible during the hot summer days.