Maintenance & Servicing Your Air Conditioner DIY/Or Professional EHomeServices

People who want to ensure that their air conditioning unit functions effectively and efficiently throughout the year, they must keep the unit’s coils, filters and fins maintained. Air conditioner maintenance and servicing are a major part of eHomeServices, and if they are ignored, the performance of an air conditioner may diminish over time. Moreover, such an air conditioning unit will also gradually begin consuming more and more energy, causing the household electricity bill to rise.
Ultimately, all of the following is necessary to ensure the longevity and optimal performance of an air conditioner, but there is always the option of hiring a home services company.

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How To Service An Air Conditioner?

Clean The Coils

After being used for months or even years, dirt tends to gather within the condenser and evaporator coils of the air conditioner. Of course, if the filter is clean, then the evaporator coil will not get soiled too quickly. However, dirt still keeps on building up within the evaporator coil over time, even with a clean filter. Consequently, airflow declines and the coil gets insulated, as a result of which it is not able to absorb heat effectively.

Fortunately, this can be avoided by annually checking the evaporator coil and cleaning it when it seems too dirty. Dirt can particular build up considerably within outdoor condenser coils, especially if a lot of dust blows outdoors and/or if there is foliage around. Any dirt that may have built up in the fins of the condenser coil can be easily check and usually quite noticeable.

Generally, it is best if an air conditioner is installed in a place where debris and dirt tend to be minimal, but if not, those should be minimized. Common household sources of debris and dirt include dryer vents, foliage and trees, and lawn mower. Therefore, the area around the coil should be cleaned as well, any debris should be removed, and there should be no foliage within 2 feet or 0.6 meters of the coil to ensure sufficient airflow.

Clean Coil Fins

Much like the condenser coils, the evaporator also has aluminium fins that can get bent easily and as a result, air may not adequately flow through the coil. You may even buy a “fin comb” from air conditioning wholesalers and use it to comb the coil fins back, so that they are no longer bent just like they originally were.

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Clean The Filters

If you want to ensure that your air conditioner operates efficiently, one of the most important things you should do is clean its filters routinely and eventually replace them as necessary. Normal airflow will get blocked if the filters are clogged and/or dirty, causing the air conditioning unit to function less and less efficiently, and eventually malfunction over time.

If normal airflow gets blocked and the filter is really dirty, whatever air gets through may end up carrying dirt directly into the evaporator coil. Gradually, the evaporator coil may lose its ability to absorb heat effectively. Your air conditioner will consume anywhere between 5% and 15% less energy if you replace a filter that is too extremely clogged and dirty.

If you have a central air conditioning unit in your home, you will likely find the filter somewhere along the length of the return duct. Other locations where you may find the filter include inside the air conditioner itself, or somewhere in the ceilings, furnaces or walls.

Depending on the type of filters, you may be able to reuse them, or you may have to replace them. Of course, the efficiency of a filter varies from one type to another. The cooling season is nearing and that means that you should clean or even replace the filter or filters in your air conditioning system at least twice during it. If you use your air conditioning unit constantly, if the environment where you are is always dusty and if you have household pets, then you pay have to pay more frequent attention to the filters.

Unclog The Condensate Drains

Even the drain channels of an air conditioning unit may get clogged and occasionally, a stiff wire should be passed through them. If the drain channels of your air conditioner are clogged, the unit will not be able to reduce humidity, and consequently, excess moisture may circulate within your home, causing the colors of your carpets and walls to fade.

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Seal The Windows

Despite not being a part of the actual air conditioner maintenance and servicing, this is equally important to ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner during every cooling season. From the season actually begins, check the seal between the unit and the surface it is installed into. The seal should be airtight, i.e. in complete contact with the metal case of the unit. This seal tends to get damaged by moisture and if that happens, cool air from the air conditioner will likely get out from your house, raising your electricity bill.

Why Hire A Professional eHomeServices Company?

The fact of the matter is that air conditioners need to be regularly maintained and serviced, in which case there is nothing better to do than to hire a professional home service technician. A well-trained technician from a professional and reliable home services company will be able to detect and resolve any problems that may have occurred in your air conditioning unit.

When you hire a professional technician:

= Airflow through the evaporator coil will be measured
= A leak detector will be used to detect refrigerant leaks
= Leaks in the seal duct will be checked if you have a central air conditioning system
= Motors will be oiled, and belts will be inspected to ensure that they are tight and not worn down
= Refrigerant will be safely collected from your air conditioning unit in case it needs to be tested
= The amount of refrigerant remaining in your air conditioner will be checked
= The thermostat will be inspected to ensure that it is functioning accurately

Get Ready For The Next Winter

Although winter just ended, once winter approaches again, make sure you cover the air conditioner in your room since it would be too much of a hassle to remove and then store it somewhere else. You can keep your air conditioning unit safe from debris and the winter weather conditions if you keep it covered throughout the season.


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