In Florida’s tropical climate, it’s extremely important to have your air conditioning working properly and running efficiently. In addition to keeping you cool and comfortable when it’s hot outside, it also controls the temperate of the home to ward off excessive heat and humidity. Heat can be dangerous to young children, older adults, and pets, as well as wood floors, paneling, and aluminum. To keep your air conditioner working at peak performance, you should have a tune-up performed at least twice a year – in the fall and spring.
- In the spring, before temperatures heat up, a technician should check your air conditioning. He or she will check the thermostat, electrical connections and voltage, lubrication, drainage, system controls, air ducts, evaporator, and condenser coils, refrigerant levels, and blower components.
- If you’re performing a checkup yourself, there are a few things to check and clean.
- Clean or replace filters, the easiest and often most important maintenance check. Clogged and dirty filters restrict air flow and reduce efficiency, recirculating dust in your home.
- Clean the condenser coils– the large fan in a metal box, often located outdoors. Condenser coils collect leaves, debris, and dirt during the fall and winter. Anything inside will clog the coils and decrease efficiency. Cleaning involves removing the panels from the condenser unit, typically with a screwdriver, and using a water hose to gently clean the coils.
- Check the coolant lines. Tubes or pipes that run from the unit are covered with foam coolant line to prevent them from losing energy. Frayed or missing insulation can be replaced easily.
If you’re overdue for a tune-up or find issues with your air conditioning, call Altman’s Cooling & Heating before the Florida heat sets in. Home of the $29 service and $59 preventative maintenance calls, a technician will check your A/C unit for common issues and get your air conditioning in order, saving you a headache down the road and money on your energy bill.