AC Maintenance Checklist
Can you imagine a hot Kingston summer without air conditioning? Your air conditioning system can be your very best friend on the warmest days.
Be sure you take the time to perform basic maintenance regularly as well as invest in a professional checkup at least once a year. According to the US Department of Energy (DOE), good maintenance can save you money and reduce your energy usage.
Here’s a comprehensive air conditioning maintenance checklist, courtesy of our professionals at Central City Heating & Air Conditioning, to help keep your system in excellent working order.
Check Air Circulation
Perhaps the most important thing to be sure you have around your air conditioner is plenty of space for good air circulation. Most air conditioners have a unit that sits outside your home.
It’s a good idea to inspect this area to be sure leaves, sticks, and other yard debris are cleared every spring, and after each big storm. However, once the summer gets into full swing, don’t forget to mow and carefully trim vegetation around your unit as well.
Being sure you regularly change your filters accomplishes the same goal of ensuring good air circulation. If you have a clogged filter, it can take your air conditioning system more effort to move the air throughout the unit, wearing down parts prematurely. Pay attention to the recommended life of your filters and change them on time. Keeping filters changed on a schedule will help maintain the efficiency of the system, and help keep you power bill down when the temperatures go up.
Uses Your Senses
General awareness of how your air conditioning system should sound and look can be a simple thing for you to have. If you notice something doesn’t look quite right or your air conditioner is suddenly making unusual sounds or emitting strange odors, it can signal a need for air conditioning repair or maintenance.
A thermostat is a bit of a tangential part of an air conditioning system, but it’s an important one. If your thermostat is not working properly, it will not be sending the correct information to your air conditioner. As a result, your system can’t work properly. In addition, if a broken thermostat causes your system to cycle on and off too frequently, it can cause longer-term damage to your entire air conditioning system.
Time for the Pros
Although the first four items on the checklist are easy for just about any Tennessee homeowner to do, the remainder of these items may take a bit more experience. Be sure to call in one of our professionals to inspect your system for the following.
The refrigerant or coolant must be at a specific level and pressure to keep your air conditioning system running efficiently. You’ll want to periodically have this level checked, and if your coolant one of our professionals can search for any leaks and refill your system. Leaking refrigerant can pose a significant problem for the environment, so address any noticeable leaks immediately.
Look for Ice Buildup
If you notice your air conditioning evaporator coil has ice building up on it, you probably have an air-circulation problem. Double check to be sure your filter and ductwork are clean. If they are, or you have a great deal of ice, you may need to shut off your system, defrost all of it, ensure air circulation is fine, and then turn it back on. It’s a good idea to call one of our professionals to conduct an inspection to troubleshoot the issue and make any small repairs before it becomes a larger issue or breakdown.
Inspect Connections and Components
Our technicians will check to be sure all the electrical connections as well as ductwork and other tubing within the system look tight and secure. It takes experience to understand what a solid system should look like, and you should rely on a professional inspection at least once a year to proactively evaluate the safety, performance and efficiency of your HVAC system.
Most heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) companies will provide a comprehensive service of cleaning and inspection for a reasonable fee. Relying on certified, trained technicians can be an excellent investment in your air conditioning system. Call our Central City Heating & Air Conditioning team with any questions you may have.
Contact Us for All Your Air Conditioning Needs
If it’s been a while since you’ve had your air conditioning system inspected, call Central City Heating & Air Conditioning in Kingston, TN. Our trained experts would be happy to come out and provide a thorough cleaning and inspection to help keep your air conditioner running efficiently, and keep you in your comfortable zone throughout the summer. Call us at 865-717-9191 or request service online today.