AC units don’t require much in the way of maintenance, but it’s important that you do maintain them regularly in order to keep them in good working order. This includes cleaning or replacing the air filters in order to prevent airborne allergens and mold in duct systems, improper functioning, and potential failure of parts like the compressor or fans.
Regular maintenance and cleaning will go a long way to improving your system’s efficiency and helping it last as long as possible. It can save you money on energy costs, preventable repairs, and early replacement. It also improves the overall comfort of your home during the warmer months, allowing you to enjoy cooler temperatures inside as temperatures outside climb. The air filters play an essential role in this.
How Often Should You Have Your AC Unit Serviced?
You should have your AC unit serviced once a year. Depending on the age, condition, and use your unit sees, it may need more frequent maintenance. It’s best to consult with an HVAC professional for personalized recommendations for your system.
How Often Should You Clean/Replace Filters?
The air filters are different, in that you will want to clean and/or replace them every 3 months, at least. You may need to clean or replace your filters more frequently if you use your AC frequently, if you have pets, or if it’s subjected to dusty conditions.
Some filters are reusable while others are not. There are different types and efficiencies. It is important to ensure that you use the correct type for your unit as if the air filter does not fit properly, it can create similar problems to a dirty filter.
Why It’s Important To Maintain Your AC Unit Regularly
A properly running AC removes excess moisture and helps indoor air quality. Dirty systems can lead to the growth of microorganisms like mold and worsen indoor air quality. This can lead to a pressure drop and no air infiltration. Mechanical components that need to work harder can fail prematurely, increasing overall repair and replacement costs.
The best time to schedule AC maintenance is before you need it, which is why it’s recommended that you have it looked at at least once a year. That way, any potential problems can be stopped in their tracks and any existing problems can be addressed before they get the chance to worsen. If you do start to notice issues, it’s important to address them as soon as possible, to prevent further problems and increased expenses.
The Importance Of Replacing And Cleaning Filters
The most important part of maintenance is routinely replacing and cleaning filters. Dirty filters reduce airflow and efficiency. When airflow is obstructed, the air can deposit dirt directly into the evaporator coil, which impacts its heat-absorbing capacity. This can cause even the best AC units to function improperly, and even lead to the failure of compressors or fans.
Clean air filters give you cleaner air, with less dust and allergens. They improve unit efficiency, ergo decreasing energy costs. The dirtier the air filter, the harder the system has to work and the more you pay. The harder your system works, the more wear and tear it experiences and the more likely it is to overheat or become damaged.
When you maintain your air conditioning unit regularly and ensure that you are cleaning and replacing the filters as needed, this can prolong its lifespan. Replacing your air filter can lower AC energy consumption by 5%-15%.
About Cleaning Your Air Filters
This is typically an easy job to do yourself.
You can clean the air filter by:
- Turning off the unit so dirty air doesn’t circulate through your home.
- Remove the filter. You can check the vents to find them all.
- Hand vacuum them.
- Wash them in a deep sink or outside with a hose.
- Check for any signs of damage, like dirt that couldn’t be cleaned or holes. If all is well, wait for it to dry.
- Reinstall once dry.
Call an HVAC professional if the unit doesn’t turn back on, the fan is slow/makes excessive noise, fins are bent, coils are excessively dusty/clogged, or there is moisture intrusion from an unknown source.
You can also schedule an air duct cleaning in order to ensure that your indoor air quality is as good as possible.
Do You Need AC Maintenance?
R & D Heating And Air is here to help! We’re here to ensure that your AC unit is ready for the oncoming summer heat. We can also conduct air duct cleaning and answer any questions about filtration and your air filters that you may have. Contact us today to schedule your service in the Northern Utah area.