How to Keep Air Conditioning Running?
1. Ensure that the condenser fan coils are cleaned on a regular basis.
The condenser fan coil should be cleaned and oiled on a monthly basis. If the fan is not working properly, the motor may wear out prematurely. Allow the air conditioner to get too hot; if it does, turn it off immediately and contact a local HVAC technician. Check the condensate drain line for clogs on a regular basis. Check for debris buildup in the drain pan, drain hose, return-air grille, and vent stack.
2. Replace the filter and washable pads on a regular basis.
Replace the air filter once a month and clean it after each use. Washable filters are the most effective at keeping contaminants out of the compressor. A clogged filter reduces airflow and increases the likelihood of a power surge. Remove any accumulated dirt and debris from around the compressor and blades.
3. Change the evaporator core/cover assembly.
Look for any loose screws or damage to the evaporator core cover. Replace the evaporator core assembly if necessary. Corrosion of core assemblies causes an increase in temperature inside the unit over time.
4. Tighten bolts and connections.
Tighten all nuts and bolts, particularly those near the blower wheel and fan. Loose connections can cause vibration and noise, as well as failure.
5. Put in a dehumidifier.
A dehumidifier will assist in keeping humidity levels low. Mold grows in humid environments, necessitating frequent cleaning. Remove the humidistat and measure the amount of water removed. Adjust the output accordingly (for example, if the dry bulb temperature drops to 25°F, reduce the output by 10%). Ascertain that the exhaust duct of the dehumidifier is located outside or on an exterior wall.
Advantages of Air Conditioning Maintenance:
1. Reduce temperature swings
Air conditioners reduce the temperature inside homes by raising the temperature outside to the set point. When they function properly, they maintain a constant internal temperature and keep temperature fluctuations in the room from reaching dangerous levels. Even though it may appear counter-intuitive, running your air conditioner keeps your house cooler than not using one at all. You can save energy by reducing the amount of time you spend without heating or cooling your home. Energy savings are enhanced if your HVAC system operates efficiently.
2. Prevent the accumulation of humidity
You’ll notice how much air gets trapped inside your home after it cools down if you use a humidifier. When moisture condenses from the air, it forms droplets that clog vents and ductwork, allowing mold or mildew to grow. You may be unaware that your air conditioner is contributing to this issue. If your air conditioner does not run long enough to remove excess humidity, your home will dry out, causing damage to drywall, wood paneling, and insulation. To avoid these problems, keep your air conditioner running for about 15 minutes per hour. Running your air conditioner for longer periods of time would help reduce humidity and save energy.
3. Make the environment more comfortable
When you have an AC unit running continuously, you won’t need to open windows as frequently. In fact, you might never need to open them. An AC unit will also allow you to precisely control the temperature, eliminating the need to worry about turning up the thermostat before going to bed.
4. Enhance air quality
An air conditioner removes pollutants from the air, such as carbon dioxide, pollen, smoke, and odors. These pollutants, along with any allergens in your family’s air, can contribute to asthma attacks, sinus infections, and other respiratory problems. If you’ve been noticing a foul odor or feeling ill during the cold months, it could be due to inadequate ventilation in your home. Install an air conditioner to improve air quality and keep everyone healthy.
5. Save money on energy costs
When you leave your air conditioner off for extended periods of time, your utility bills skyrocket. During the summer, the average American spends $200-$500 per month just to keep their air conditioner running. By running your air conditioner on a regular basis, you can reduce your expenses while potentially increasing your monthly income. Not only will you save money, but you will also save money on extra electricity usage while your unit is turned off.