It goes without saying that the key to an efficiently and properly working air conditioning system is preventative maintenance and saving money by avoiding unnecessary repairs. But in order to understand the importance of this, you need to learn more about your HVAC system and understand what is involved in preventative maintenance. This will help you determine what maintenance tasks you can do yourself and which ones should be entrusted to a professional HVAC contractor or repair technician.
Understand How Your System Works
There are two primary components of any central air conditioning system - the condenser and the evaporator. You're A/C condenser unit is usually mounted outdoors on a slab near the back or side of the house. You will find the evaporator coil situated just above the furnace at the duct junction. Your air conditioning unit is attached to the forced-air distribution system. Basically, the blower, ductwork, and motor that are used to cool your home are also used to heat it.
Basic Preventative Maintenance Concerns
Let's be realistic. Having to deal with the costs of replacing your A/C system or repairs is not something that you would normally look forward to. However, it will be if you do not perform some basic preventative maintenance tasks that we have listed here:
First and foremost, practice being kind to your A/C system whenever possible - this means ensuring that all conditions within your home are optimal so that your system does not have to work too hard in order to cool things down. Look for areas where cool air can escape and correct them so your A/C unit is not constantly running.
Change or clean air filters when required - one of the simplest preventative maintenance measures you can practice is the changing or cleaning of your A/C's air filters. This simple task can add years to the life of your HVAC system and prevent costly repairs. When filters get clogged up with dirt and dust, it increases the chances of the fan getting littered as well. As a result, they get weighed down and cannot operate properly. As a result, you could experience a serious malfunction with your system and some very costly repair and/or replacement charges.
Clean air ducts - clogged air ducts restrict the flow of air which in turn causes your system to work harder than what it is supposed to and drives your utility bills up through the roof. It can even cause motor burnout in more serious cases. If you don't want to incur costly repair or replacement expenses, have your air ducts checked regularly and clean them out whenever it is necessary. This applies to any fans in your A/C system as well.
Preventative Maintenance Schedule Advantages
Most HVAC installation and repair companies offer preventative maintenance schedules or programs. Many individuals think this is an unnecessary expense until there is a breakdown and they are faced with costly repair or replacement charges. That could have easily been avoided if you had invested in a preventative maintenance program so that a technician comes out to your home to clean and inspect your A/C system.
Just keep in mind that if you need an emergency service call, it will cost you double what a regular service call costs. Finally, when you consider how preventative maintenance can save you a lot of money, they are a worthwhile investment.