Air Conditioning Maintenance
80% of all AC Compressor failures are preventable with proper maintenance. With yearly maintenance on your compressor issues can be resolved before they become problems.
It's more economical to maintain this appliance on a regular basis than it is to repair or replace it. Air conditioning maintenance can help your unit last decades. However, a neglected air conditioner system loses roughly 5% of its efficiency each year that it operates without upkeep.
To not have your central air conditioner quit working on the hottest day of the year, have DM Solutions in to perform yearly preventative A/C maintenance so you can have a comfortable summer. This is best to have this done in the spring.
DM Solution technicians inspect:
- Blower Wheels - Dirty blower wheels reduce air flow, causing longer operating time and increased cost.
- Evaporator Coil - Even a small amount of dirt can decrease efficiency and increase operating costs.
- Condensor Coil - Dirty condenser coils can increase your electric bill by raising refrigerant pressure unnecessarily.
- Motors & Bearing - improperly lubricated rotating equipment will cause moving parts to fail.
- Duct Work - Duct leaks may exist from the time it was installed and insulation can fall off. Duct work problems can increase operating costs by 30% or more.
Central Air units have many other parts that need testing, adjusting, cleaning, lubricating, and the experts at DM Solutions address them all.
Homeowner Air Conditioner Unit Care Tips:
1. Keeps Plants Cut Back Around Unit
Outdoor air conditioning condensers are bulky and homeowners will do their best to hide them from sight. Plants, fences, and trellises are popular ways to hide the A/C units. They need an adequate amount of air flow around all sides in order to perform at peak efficiency, experts recommend that bushes and other objects be placed about three feet away from the unit itself.
Cleaning up leaves and other debris on a regular basis, as well as trimming or cutting back bushes, trees, and other plants will help increase the air flow that your unit needs to draw into its system.
2. Wash Pollen and Other Debris Off Condenser Unit
If your outdoor air condenser unit is in an unnoticeable location, remember in the spring to clean off pollen which can restrict air flow.
Use the garden hose and direct a hard stream of water at the condenser. Working top to bottom, hose off each side of the condenser. This will get rid of pollen, dust and debris.
3. Do Not Close Any Registers Completely
With a two-story house the upper level is often warmer than the lower level even with the central air running. It is tempting to close the vents on lower floors to force air to the upper floors. However, closing the lower vents can cause the unit to shut down as it will be working harder to cool the home. Rather than this occurring, slightly close registers and only a few.
To balance the air temperature, registers can be slightly closed, but do not close them completely. Make sure supply vents are not blocked.
It is important to regularly change the air filter on the system. Filter packages usually state a recommended schedule for replacement. It really depends on how much the unit is running and how dirty the air is. A hot, humid summer will require more filter changes than a cool dry summer.
5. Set Temperatures in a Programmable Thermostat
Having a programmable thermostat, and setting the temperature by day and time is a good way to reduce the unit's overall usage.