19 Jul Take control of summer with heating and air maintenance
As the temperature rises this summer, there are several things you can do to make sure your air conditioning unit is in tiptop shape. These preventative heating and air maintenance measures will make sure your unit is performing at its best. Note: Make sure the power to your unit is off before taking any of these steps.
Clean your AC condenser coil
As your AC unit is running, it is typically drawing air in from the sides and blowing air out through the top. When it sucks in air, it can also pull in dust, debris and leaves. If your AC unit is on while you’re mowing your yard, there’s a strong chance it’s going to suck in grass and other airborne particles. It’s a good idea to remove the cover of your unit every summer and check the coil to make sure it is clean. If it’s dirty, you can remove debris with a shop vacuum and then clean it by spraying water from a garden hose. Make sure the power to your unit is off before you start this process.
Replace the insulation on the suction line
This is an easy one that can make a big difference. If you look at your AC unit, you’ll notice one line that is wrapped in insulation. That’s the suction line. Over time, the insulation will start to break down and chip away. You can replace the insulation cheaply and easily. Doing this should extend the life of your compressor.
Guard it from leaves
If you live in a wooded area or your yard has lots of trees, it’s likely that leaves can pile up on or near your AC unit. This isn’t going to be a huge problem if it’s just a few leaves. But if you’re concerned, you can build a cover that may make your AC unit run cooler and look cooler, too. We’ve seen people use simple, inexpensive lattice as a covering and we’ve also seen them dress up their units with fancy enclosures made out of more decorative materials. Either way, it’s an afternoon project that can make your unit more efficient all summer.
Check for damage from rodents
During the winter, mice may have found a home in your AC unit. Take a few minutes to make sure they’re no longer there, and that they haven’t chewed through any wires or caused other damage.
Replace your filters
Inside your home, make sure you’re replacing your filter every month. We’re often surprised by how rarely customers check and replace their filters. This is an easy way to keep your unit running smoothly.
Sign up for Roscoe Brown’s Heating and Air Maintenance Plan
The single most important step you can take to save money, save energy, extend your current equipment’s life and live comfortably in your home is to schedule semi-annual (twice a year) maintenance on your HVAC system. With it, you can rest assured your home will remain comfortable and operate efficiently and economically all year long.
Twice-annual system tune-ups:
- Improve efficiency and reduce your energy bills by keeping your equipment running at optimum performance.
- Extend the life of your equipment four to six years, or 25%, saving you money over the long run.
- Result in your experiencing fewer costly repairs by diagnosing problems early, and giving you a chance to make less-costly interim repairs to keep your current system working.
- Keep your unit under the manufacturer’s warranty terms.
The Roscoe Brown annual heating tune-up consists of filter check, gas valve, operation of safety controls, sequencer, heating element in operation, CO level, heat exchanger; clean blower, interior of manifold compartment, pilot, burners; test for gas leaks; clean and calibrate thermostat; check and clean humidifier; check heat pump reversing valve and defrost cycle.
Air Conditioning Tune-Up
The air conditioning tune-up consists of a filter check, compressor performance, freon charge, all safety controls, test crankcase heater, operating pressure. We will also inspect condenser coil, evaporator coil, evaporator drain pan, condensate drain, blower and clean if necessary. We’ll record superheat. We’ll lubricate all necessary parts. And, finally, we’ll clean and calibrate the thermostat.