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How Does Air Conditioner Maintenance Work?

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How Does Air Conditioner Maintenance Work?

You may wonder how does air conditioner maintenance work?  In order to answer that question, we need to look at the various components of air conditioner maintenance.

Typically, as a homeowner, you handle some of your air conditioner’s maintenance.  Air conditioner filter replacement or cleaning is a critical part of maintaining your system.  Clogged or dirty filters can reduce your system’s efficiency.  Moreover, dirty filters can result in dirt being carried into your system, which can result in bigger problems down the line.  By cleaning or replacing your filters on a regular basis, you take the first step in proper air conditioner maintenance.

You may also handle cleaning your air conditioner’s coils. The evaporator coil collects dirt, which has two negative effects.  First, it reduces airflow, which insulates the coil.  Because the coil is supposed to absorb heat, an insulated coil cannot function properly.  Your outside coils are also exposed to constant dirt.  You can prevent some dirt build up by maintaining the area by your air conditioner properly, keeping it free from debris and trimming foliage so that it does not impede air flow.  You also want to check your coil fins; bent fins can block air flow into your coils.

Although clogged condensate drains may not impact how your air conditioner performs, it can cause flooding and discoloration on walls and carpets.  You can prevent this from happening by cleaning these drains with a stiff wire.

A professional technician builds on your maintenance steps.  A yearly air conditioning maintenance inspection checks for any leaks in the system and in seals and ducts, checks for refrigerant leaks, oils motors and checks belts, inspects electrical connections, tests the thermostat, and measures airflow through the evaporator coil.

Although air conditioner maintenance is not glamorous, it is extremely important, especially in the Phoenix area, when even a few days without air conditioning in the summer can be dreadful.  Call Worlock today and schedule your yearly AC maintenance.

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