Once I purchased my first home, I realized that I needed to do my part in caring for my home appliances. In addition to reading the user manuals for my kitchen appliances and state-of-the-art plumbing system, I realized that I also needed to do a little research about HVAC. Because I had no experience with HVAC systems, I called out a professional to teach me a thing or two. It was fascinating to talk with him, and I was able to take notes about all kinds of important topics, such as maintenance, troubleshooting, and even shopping for a new system. This blog is all about understanding HVAC guidelines.
The air-conditioning system is an integral part of any home. It keeps you cool during the summer months and warm during the winter months. These systems are designed to be long-lasting so you can stay comfortable for many years, but they require maintenance as time goes on to enable them to continue functioning efficiently. Here are three main AC components that need regular maintenance.
The Condenser Coils
These coils are responsible for cooling the refrigerant as it passes through them. They're usually located outside the AC unit to allow for better airflow and a larger surface area. They should be cleaned regularly to eliminate debris and allow air to freely flow over the coils when in use. This will increase the efficiency of cooling and maximize energy savings.
HVAC contractors can help you eliminate corrosion on these coils. They will use a chemical or spray process to remove rust and keep them in good shape and a wire brush to remove any caked-on dirt or debris. However, if the corrosion is too heavy and has eaten away at the metal coils, they may need to be replaced. This will depend on many different factors, such as the age of the condenser, how much rust it can handle, and the type of compressor used in the unit.
The Air Filter
The air filter is responsible for capturing dirt and debris. If it's blocked, your system will work harder, leading to more wear-and-tear on other components in the system. The lifespan of an air filter varies depending on how often you use it and what kind of environment it's being used in. You should have them cleaned or replaced regularly to keep them in top condition. This is especially essential if your home has pets or if you have seasonal allergies. You might also need a different type of filter based on where you live. If you live in a dusty environment, for example, you should have a high-quality filter.
The Outside Fan
The fan helps control how cool or warm your home is by blowing air inside or outside the home. Over time, dirt and debris can accumulate on it, causing its performance to decrease. Its blades also won't move as fast, wearing down the system. HVAC contractors can help you clean the blades, check for cracks or holes, and ensure it doesn't have potential hazards like sharp edges. They will also replace a damaged fan blade immediately with a new one if necessary to restore the efficiency of your system.
Regular maintenance on your air conditioner is essential to keep it running smoothly. If you notice a problem with your AC components, contact an HVAC contractor to get it fixed.
For more information, contact an AC maintenance company like IMS Heating & Air Inc.