You have just returned from work, it is very hot outside, you enter your house and the first thing you do is switch on the AC and in a short time your home is cool. You forget all about the AC and immerse yourself in your household activities. When the air conditioner was installed, the technician had told you that regular maintenance was necessary but you have forgotten all about it and one fine day when you find that the air conditioner is not working, you remember his words and feel that you should have acted on his advice. Most people are like that only; they remember sane advice only in adversity. They forget all about it when everything is fine.
An air conditioner requires proper maintenance for it to work to its full efficiency. A regular maintenance will allow it to function properly. A regular maintenance includes checking the air conditioner’s filters, fins and coils. If you do not service your air conditioner regularly then the air conditioner’s performance will reduce and it will increase your energy bills.
You need to frequently check your air conditioner filters as the filter performs a very important task. The AC filter allows air to flow properly and helps the evaporator coil to absorb heat. However, if you do not clean or replace your air conditioner filter frequently then the flow of air will be blocked and this will mean that your evaporator coil will not work to its capacity thereby decreasing the efficiency of the AC. In fact, studies have shown that a clean filter will reduce energy costs by as much as 10%. If you use your AC frequently then it is advisable to check and clean your AC filter every week.
Another important air conditioner part that requires frequent maintenance is known as the coil fin. The coil fin gets bent easily thereby blocking the passage of air; hence it is necessary to comb it with a coil fin comb. This will ensure that air flow is not hindered.
The most important parts that need attention are the evaporator and condenser coils. These can get dirty and the dirt will cause problems. Regular maintenance will ensure that these coils work properly and if they work to their capacity then your AC’s will function well and that too for a long time.
Though you can do these simple maintenance procedures, it is advisable to contact a trained air conditioner or HVAC technician to take care of your AC servicing needs. A trained technician will not only do these simple procedures, he will look for Freon gas leaks and if found repair them. He will check the motors, check the ducts, electrical faults etc. The technician will also let you know if there are any problems and if any parts need to be replaced. There are many trained AC technicians and all you need to do is visit the Internet or check the yellow pages to find one.