Most homeowners already know the importance of air conditioning maintenance, but many do not. Considering the fact that two-thirds of American homes have at least one air conditioning unit, air conditioning repair services are in more demand than ever. With proper maintenance, many problems can be prevented. Below are four examples of failed maintenance checks and how to fix them.
If you need help finding the air filter in order to clean or replace it, it can be found either:
To perform a simple maintenance check, start by turning off the power to the unit. Next, remove the access panel on the condensing unit and check for signs of overheating. These signs include blackened or burned-looking wires and melted insulation on wires. Electrical connections can also be tested. Consult a professional if you do not feel comfortable performing this maintenance on your own.
If you're following these tips in order, you should already be at the condensing unit. With the power still off, check the fan on the outside unit. Make sure it is still in good condition and replace the blades if you see any cracks or chips. Older units may require oiling as well.
To clean your outside unit, use a garden hose to gently wash off debris. Start at the top with the hose held at a 45-degree angle. Despite your urge, DO NOT use a power washer for this kind of maintenance. It can cause more harm than good.
Knowing that heating and air makes up 43% of your home's utility bills, it is important that air conditioning maintenance is down regularly to save you the most money. Consider the above tips on air conditioning maintenance and extend the life of your unit while saving money.
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