Maintaining An Air Conditioning System

When it comes to your air conditioning it is important that it is well maintained. It seems that it is always during the middle of summer when an air conditioner starts having major problems. This is due to the increase use, but also because many people fail to maintain the air conditioning system. There are many different parts to an air conditioning system and each aspect plays a vital role in keeping the house cool on those hot summer days. If you take a few moments and conduct some maintenance, you will increase your chances of getting through the summer without any break downs. Here are a few simple things that you can do to keep your air conditioning working properly.

Professional Maintenance

It may seem counterintuitive, but having a technician come to your home and perform some simple maintenance on the air conditioning unit itself is a very good way to save money. The small maintenance work that the plumber will have to perform will usually be relatively simple. Preventative maintenance costs can be very low. On the other hand, a small problem can quickly escalate into a major problem. These major malfunctions can be extremely expensive. You are better off to have a technician look at the unit and prevent these major break downs.

Air Ducts

The cool air from the air conditioning unit is pushed throughout the home through the air ducts. The air ducts are a vital part of your system. Over a long period of time it is possible for mold, dust, and other debris to clog up the air ducts. This can cause some major health issues such as upper respiratory infections, but it is also bad for the air conditioning system. If the air ducts are clogged up, then the air conditioning unit has a great deal of added strain trying to push the air through the home. The extra strain can cause premature malfunctions.

The Compressor

The air compressor outside of the home is an integral part of the entire system, and it needs to be maintained. Be sure that there is no vegetation growing into the compressor, and consider mounting the compressor on a stone slab to keep it level. The coolant runs through the compressor through cooling coils, and if the it is not level then the coolant will not travel through the compressor correctly. Simply checking for a clean compressor and ensuring it is level can help a great deal.