Are you asking, “How should I service my air conditioner?” There are many reasons why you should consider having your AC serviced regularly, with one of the biggest reasons being it saves you money. If you avoid servicing your unit, you may not even know that an issue exists until it becomes a much bigger problem. You should do three things each year on your AC system. Read on to find out more.
Three Things To Have Done Yearly on AC Systems
First and foremost, you should always have your AC serviced by a local HVAC professional. Here are several things you should have serviced each year.
Condensate Line Cleanout
You should never allow your condensate drain line to clog because it can lead to drywall damage. You may believe that the only thing that can sustain damage due to a clogged condensate drain line is the AC system. However, your property and other belongings are at risk as well. An overflowing drain pan can cause significant damage to your drywall, resulting in leaks and destroying any electrical wiring. You can prevent a clogged line by simply pouring a cup of bleach into the opening of the drain line.
Clean the Outdoor Coil
Not only should you remove the outdoor coil, but you should also get rid of any debris around the unit since this helps with efficiency. The condenser is what is connected to a refrigerant line set. When the AC runs, heat is transferred from your home to the refrigerant inside the evaporator coil. The warmer refrigerant circulates through the line set to the condenser coil. As a result, you receive a cool and comfortable home.
Over time, though, pollen, dirt, and other grime from the outdoors can build up on the condenser coil. If you fail to clean any of it off, the system will not be able to effectively remove heat from your home. This will result in discomfort, more expenses, and breakdowns.
Check Temperature Split
By checking the temperature split, it will let you know that the system is charged. Systems that are 20% undercharged can cost you a 30% increase in your energy bills. If the temperature split is more than 3 degrees Fahrenheit above the target, the airflow is low. If it is more than 3 degrees Fahrenheit, the AC probably has some low capacity due to some fault other than airflow.
A temperature split is mostly determined using a probe thermometer inserted into the main return air duct just before the air handler and then at the main supply air duct. The acceptable range is between 14 degrees Fahrenheit and 24 degrees Fahrenheit. A dirty air filter and the first stage of a refrigerant leak are a couple of issues that can result in a high temperature split.