Neglecting maintenance will provide you with a steady decline of air conditioning performance while energy use steadily increases.
Heritage Mountain Heating & Cooling is committed to provide you with information on how to help improve your homes comfort and proper efficiency of your air conditioner.
The most important maintenance item is routinely replacing or cleaning the filters. Blocked or dirty filters will clog normal airflow and reduce the system's efficiency significantly. If the normal airflow is obstructed, air will bypass the filter and will carry particles directly into the evaporator coil. This impairs the coil's heat-absorbing capacity. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can reduce your air conditioner's energy consumption dramatically.
With central air conditioners, filters are generally located along the return duct's length. Usually filters are located in walls, ceilings, furnaces or in the air conditioner itself. Room air conditioners have a filter mounted in the grill that faces into the room. Some filters are reusable while other types require replacement and are available in a variety of types and efficiencies. Heritage Mountain Heating & Cooling recommends cleaning or replacing your air conditioner's filter(s) every month or two during the cooling season. Filters may need more frequent cleaning or replacement depending on the frequency and duration your air conditioner is operating, if it's subjected to allergens, dusty conditions or pets in your home.
AIR CONDITIONER COILS
Your air conditioner's evaporator coil and condenser coil collect dirt over its service life. A clean filter prevents the evaporator coil from being damaged before expectancy. Dirt on the coil reduces airflow and insulates it, reducing its ability to absorb heat. To avoid this, get your evaporator coil serviced and cleaned every year.
Outdoor condenser coils can also become very dirty if the outdoor environment is dusty or if there is foliage nearby. You can easily see the condenser coil and notice if dirt is collecting on the fins. Try to minimize dirt and debris near the condenser unit. Dryer vents, falling leaves, and lawn mower debris are all potential sources of dirt and debris. Clean the area around the coil by removing any debris and trim foliage away to a distance of at least 2ft or 0.6 meters away. This will provide adequate airflow around the condenser.
If your aluminum fins on the evaporator and condenser coils are bent they can block airflow through the coil. It is important to have your service provider at Heritage Mountain Heating & Cooling service these fins to maintain their original condition.
Clogged drain channels prevent a unit from reducing humidity, resulting in excess moisture that will discolour the walls and carpet in your home. It is important to have your service provider at Heritage Mountain Heating & Cooling maintain your air conditioner unit's drain channels.
WINDOW SEALS FOR SINGLE ROOM AIR CONDITIONERS
At the start of each cooling season, Heritage Mountain Heating & Cooling will inspect the seal between your air conditioner and the window frame to ensure it makes contact with the unit's metal case. Moisture will damage this seal and will allow cool air to escape from your home.
PREPARING FOR WINTER
In the winter, it is important to securely cover your single room air conditioner or remove and store it. Covering the outdoor unit of a central air conditioner will protect the unit from harsh winter weather and debris.
PREPARING FOR SPRING
Spring is the best time to make sure that your air conditioner is ready for warmer weather. Preparing early ensures that your cooling system will provide comfort when temperatures rise. Schedule your Spring Air Conditioning Tune Up with Heritage Mountain Heating & Cooling for the most economical way to make sure your air conditioning system operates at peak performance when you most need it. Register for Heritage Mountain Heating & Cooling's maintenance program and benefit from conveniently scheduled inspections and tune ups which help keep your air conditioning system running at peak efficiency, saving you money. Because a well-maintained cooling system lasts longer and needs fewer repairs than a neglected one, long-term savings will be achieved as well.
If your air conditioning system’s ductwork leaks it will impede the system’s energy efficiency. During your maintenance service with Heritage Mountain Heating & Cooling, any leaks will be identified, sealed and insulated. The properly maintained duct network will deliver better performance and reduce your energy costs.
A programmable thermostat offers an affordable comfort option which allows you to program your air conditioner to automatically adjust temperatures according to your schedule. When temperatures rise, it's tempting to leave your cooling system running while your out so you return to a comfortable temperature.
If your air conditioning system is over 10 years old, needs an expensive repair or is not performing, consider replacement as a solution. Modern systems are up to 50% more efficient than outdated systems and offer better performance. The experts at Heritage Mountain Heating & Cooling will provide a cost comparison to ensure that you enjoy the best value for your money.
HIRING A PROFESSIONAL HVAC TECHNICIAN
When your air conditioner needs maintenance, hire a professional service technician. A well-trained technician at Heritage Mountain Heating & Cooling will accurately diagnose and fix or prevent problems with your air conditioning system form occurring.