With warmer weather seemingly not far off, now is probably a good time to start thinking about prepping your air conditioning system for the hot summer months ahead. While it is strongly recommended that you hire a qualified professional to service your unit, there are some small steps you can take as the homeowner to keep your maintenance costs down and help your system run smoothly.
1. Change your filter
Changing your filter on a regular basis is the easiest thing you can do to prolong the life of your unit and maintain optimal performance. A dirty filter will affect the unit’s ability to move air properly and will reduce the air quality in your home. Standard filters should be replaced at least every three months.
2. Clean the area around your outdoor condenser
It is important to keep your condenser clean and give it the space it needs for proper air flow. Overgrown shrubs and bushes can negatively impact your condenser’s ability to operate normally and can lead to unnecessary service calls. Accordingly, a cluttered area can make servicing and inspecting the unit more difficult for the technician.
3. Replace missing or deteriorated pipe insulation on refrigerant lines
It is important that the larger of the copper pipes, often called the suction line, remains insulated since it carries a cool gas and can sweat. This insulation is easy to put on and can be found in any home improvement store.
4. Learn the warning signs
It is crucial that you familiarize yourself with the signs that your system requires attention. If there is something wrong with your air conditioning, catching it quickly can often lead to a cheaper fix than one that is left alone for a while. If you notice things like your air conditioning not maintaining temperature, seeming to never shut off, making odd noises, or you notice water or streak marks in places it shouldn’t be, call a service professional immediately.
Remm Heating, Inc.
1495 Jersey Avenue
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
P: (732) 297-6620
F: (732) 545-9583