While there are many benefits to owning a home, there are also plenty of unfamiliar responsibilities for first time homeowners. From plumbing and furnace issues to maintaining your air conditioning, our expert team at Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air have you covered. Since summer is right around the corner, now is the time for new homeowners to learn about maintaining their A/C units in order to avoid expensive repairs and breakdowns.
Here are 5 things new homeowners should know about air conditioning maintenance:
- Air conditioning filter replacement. One of the quickest ways to lose efficiency on your A/C unit is to run it with a dirty air filter. Most home air conditioning systems will need a filter change once a month during the peak cooling season. Look for filters with a high MERV (minimum efficiency ratio value). MERV ratings range 1-12, with 12 being the most efficient.
- Coil cleanings and inspections. Before the temperatures begin to skyrocket, you want to ensure that your A/C unit’s coils are cleaned and in good shape for the months ahead. Dirt can accumulate on the coils, reducing the efficiency. Also, bends and dents in the coils can cause a blockage of air flow and should be fixed.
- Annual inspections and service. For newer air conditioning units, annual inspections from a professional is the best way to keep your system maintained. Older units may need service twice a year to replace worn parts to prevent emergency repairs. Spring and fall are usually the best times to call us at Aramendia to schedule an inspection and service. We can check the refrigerant, thermostat and seals to make sure everything is working properly. Performance inspection allows us to determine how well your system is operating today as compared to when it was new and allows us to fine-tune your system to its optimal performance.
- Clean the fins. Anything that blocks air flow for your A/C can cause it to overheat and lose efficiency. Periodically check your fins for clogged dust or debris – canned air works great to clear out clogs between the fins.
- Know when to repair or replace your A/C. Maintenance can help extend the life of your air conditioning system but no unit will last forever. With proper maintenance, the average lifespan of an air conditioner is significantly reduced (approximately 7-10 years). Most systems have a lifespan of about 10-15 years. If your new home’s system is over ten years old, you may want to consider replacing versus repairing. Newer systems are more efficient and you may save money by upgrading to a newer system instead of spending money on an old unit that will probably not last much longer. At Aramendia, we have excellent A/C systems for all budgets that we can install when it’s time to replace your old unit.
Some A/C maintenance you can do on your own, such as changing the filter each month, keeping the fins clean and wiping off the coils. However, your annual or six-month inspections and service are also essential to making your air conditioner last longer and to prevent breakdowns. Don’t skip the inspection and find yourself without A/C in your new home on the hottest day of the year. Call us at Aramendia to schedule your spring air conditioning maintenance inspection and service to avoid expensive repairs this summer.