With summer right around the corner, now is the perfect time to make sure your air conditioning (AC) system is working correctly. AC units require routine maintenance to function properly, saving you money on potential repairs in the long run and extending the life of your cooling system. In fact, regular AC repair can often lead to overall energy savings significant enough to cover the cost of the planned annual maintenance service.
Not only is air conditioning helpful for keeping your space cool and comfortable, air conditioning can also help improve the air quality in your home, because it can help filter impurities as it circulates clean air throughout your space. Here is what you can do now to ensure your AC is working properly on the hottest days of the year.
When to Service Your AC
HVAC experts recommend getting your AC serviced annually. Having your system maintained annually helps you experience fewer breakdowns, greatly reducing the need to pay for costly repairs. The best time of year to have your air conditioning serviced is in the spring, just before the start of cooling season, helping you ensure your system is in good working order when you truly need it to be.
How to Perform DIY AC Service
While we recommend reaching out to an expert to help you with any needed AC repairs, there are a number of routine services you can perform on your unit yourself. Performing the following actions on your own can help extend the life of your machine, and can help you save a lot of money on repairs and issues down the road.
1. Change Your AC Filter
Regularly changing your AC unit’s air filter is the simplest way to maintain the health of your machine. Make sure you keep the manufacturer’s manual on hand to ensure you understand the correct filter size for your machine, and instructions to help you correctly replace the filter. It is recommended that you replace your AC filter at minimum every 90 days. However, depending on your unique needs, this time frame may vary. If you have pets that shed, or a family member with allergies or respiratory considerations, you may need to change your AC unit’s filter more often.
2. Keep Your Machine Clean
In addition to keeping your AC unit’s filters clean and fresh, you want to make sure the system itself does not have any excess debris such as dust or mold in the vents. Regularly inspect and clean the vents of your AC unit to ensure it is in good working order, and to keep the air quality of your home high.
3. Test Your AC’s Performance
Periodically, you’ll also want to make sure your AC unit is still performing as it should. Power it up to full capacity to see how well it functions. Essentially, you want your space to become cooler, without any excess noise or liquid emitting from your machine. If you notice your AC unit is making a loud noise, or is leaking, you’ll want to consider calling in an HVAC professional to troubleshoot.
When to Have Your AC Professionally Serviced
If you observe performance issues with your AC unit, or experience leaking or excess noise as mentioned above, you’ll want to call in a professional as soon as possible to prevent excess damage. At Paragon Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer a variety of AC maintenance and repair services to keep your system running smoothly. You can also schedule annual heating and AC maintenance appointments to protect your investment.