There aren't many things more frustrating than an air conditioning that refuses to run. A hot, muggy home can make your space incredibly uncomfortable, which is why I have always focused on maintaining my air conditioning system. Unfortunately, I still run into problems from time to time and I am sure that all of you do, which is one of the reasons I decided to build this website. Check out these posts for more information about keeping your system working beautifully, even if you aren't naturally good at fixing things. You never know, making the right changes could dramatically improve your summertime experience.
Your air conditioner is the number one appliance you are going to use the most during the summer. You'll more than likely run it every day throughout the summer months so you can escape the heat and relax in your home without sweating through your clothing. If your air conditioner shuts down prematurely this summer, it could be because you aren't performing maintenance tasks as you should. There are a few things you should do before the beginning of summer to ensure your air conditioner performs as it should. Read on for a few of these maintenance tasks you need to perform this spring.
Install New Foam Insulation
The foam insulation that covers your refrigeration line may be in poor shape, and if this is the case, it can cause your refrigeration line to lose temperature when it goes from the compressor to the coil. This insulation cover is easy to install, although most people don't replace this cover, and it could cost you in energy costs, or it may end up causing an issue for your air conditioner when it over-runs in order to stay at the right temperature. To install a new insulation cover, simply cut away the old one, wrap a new cover over the refrigeration line, and follow the manufacturer's instructions to stick the two ends together, or you may have to tape it yourself.
Spray Your Condensing Unit
Spray your condensing unit down gently with a garden hose. If the garden hose has too harsh of a spray, it could bend the fins on your unit. When the fins bend, it makes air more difficult to get to the unit itself, and could cause your system to over-run in an effort to cool your home. Spray down the condensing unit before the beginning of the season to remove dust and other debris that has built up throughout the previous seasons.
Clear Your Vents
Throughout the last several months, you may have done some rearranging throughout your home. You may have a lot of items covering your air vents around your home. You need to be sure these vents are all clear so air will circulate properly around your home. Move furniture away from the vents, and keep a couple of feet of clearance around the vents to allow for proper circulation.
Spring is the time of year when you are going to be doing some cleaning in your home, and it's a good time to perform some maintenance on your air conditioner as well. Neglecting your air conditioner could result in premature breakdowns. Hire a professional maintenance service to maintain your air conditioning unit for you, or click here for info on AC maintenance services.