Monthly Archives: August 2014

Good Habits That Will Make Your AC Unit Last

   Like any other machine, your air conditioning system or unit has a care and maintenance manual that if followed, will mean optimum performance and greater longevity for the system. ACs are put hard to work several months a year in hot and humid temperate climates like the one experienced in Stuart, Florida. Since AC units are generally pricey whether you are buying a new one or buying specific components to replace in an existing unit, best practices would mean ensuring they break down or need new parts as rarely as possible. The good news is, it is surprisingly easy to keep your AC going by just adapting some of these easy to implement practices:

Replace Filters

Filters are cheap, starting from as little as $5 apiece; they need to be replaced once every 2 to 3 months, depending on how much work your AC does. The more people you are in a house, the greater the dust and humidity, as well as the number of pets, the more often you need to replace filters. Make sure to check your filters regularly and to put in new ones as soon as they become dirty and clogged. It is easy to replace filters and you can do it yourself without calling in an air conditioner repair Stuart technician.

Clean Your Coils

Your AC unit has condenser and evaporator coils both of which will collect dirt over time. The purpose of the filter is to ensure that the condenser coil gets minimal dirt, but this will still accumulate with time. You should ensure a very thorough cleaning of both your condenser and evaporator coils annually (or as needed if they accumulate dirt faster) preferably by an air conditioner repair Stuart expert if this job is beyond your scope of abilities. Dirty evaporator coils minimize your AC’s efficiency because it will not be able to absorb heat as efficiently. Since condenser coils are in the outdoor unit, you can keep them dirt free by trimming back foliage at least a meter back from your unit, and regularly sweeping the area for dust and debris.

Clean Your Condensate Drains

Your condensate drains are the part of your AC that carry away excess moisture. Condensate drains can become clogged too If dust and particles accumulate in these pipes. When this happens excess moisture will not be efficient in carrying away the excess moisture or reducing humidity in a room. The excess moisture may damage walls and carpeting. Clean your condensate drains by passing a wire through them to de-clog dirt and clear passage for moisture.

Schedule and Keep Maintenance

You should regularly and faithfully schedule maintenance work on your AC unit, especially if you live in a place like Stuart where the summers are very hot an very humid. Even if your unit seems to be in perfect working order, schedule an inspection visit with a maintenance and air conditioner repair Stuart company will thoroughly check that everything is in working order, and will detect early problems that might as yet be unknown to you.