Preventative maintenance of your central air conditioning system, very similar to a vehicle’s oil change and tune-up, benefits can maximize system performance, lower breakdown costs and inconvenience. Most emergency a/c repair calls are from systems that are not maintained, yearly Maintenance can reduce costs for both labor and materials, enhance indoor air quality and lengthen the life of your equipment. That approach, called yearly a/c preventative maintenance, involves ongoing, continuous measurement of key performance parameters of your equipment, such as voltage draws or vibration levels or the particulate contamination of oil, refrigerant levels, and overall performance.
An air conditioner’s filters, coils, and fins require regular maintenance for the unit to function effectively and efficiently throughout its years of service. Neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in air conditioning performance while energy use steadily increases. In addition to the steps below, you may also need to hire a professional service technician to assist with maintenance.
These parameters are also recommended by Florida Power and Light to help lower your overall annual energy bills.
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Here is a simple video demonstrating a dirty filter air flow. Air Conditioner Filters The most important maintenance task that will ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner is to routinely replace or clean its filters. Clogged, dirty filters block normal air flow and reduce a system’s efficiency significantly. With normal air flow obstructed, air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coil’s heat-absorbing capacity.
Keeping the filter clean can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5%–15%.