Air Conditioner Maintenance Schedule – Summer Season

What is the ideal air conditioner maintenance schedule?

When you pay close attention to your cooling system, you can easily figure out if it’s fit to tackle the summer heat or unfit for the tedious job ahead. Keeping it fully functional can be done without the assistance of a professional. There are ways, simple and easy to follow, that can help you take care of the system.

However, this is also a simple service call that many people tend to forget. Because home AC service is seasonal, sometimes it’s easy to forget about it. Most people don’t think too much of it and as a result, they fail to check the entire system before turning it on. Without proper maintenance and tune-up, chances are broken parts or loose wires may cause accidents or unexpected malfunctions. Such a catastrophic incident on a hot summer day.

The Best Care – Air Conditioner Maintenance

air conditioner serviceThere is no doubt that caring for your AC can go a long way in terms of prolonging the life of your unit and cutting down your energy expenses. Yes, a little effort put into the upkeep of your system is significantly beneficial. These are some tips from that do not require professional help and can be done by you at home.

Tip #1: Examine Thermostat

Check your thermostat to make sure it’s working properly and keeps your home at the right temperature. If you have an older, mechanical type thermostat, you may want to consider upgrading to a programmable model. A programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature higher when no one is home (do not turn the AC off, just up), and cool the house down about 30 minutes before people arrive home for the evening.

Tip #2: Check Condenser Unit Fan

Turn the power off to your air conditioner unit, and check the fan mounted on the top of the outside condenser unit to make sure it’s still in good condition. Replace the fan blades if there are any cracks or chips visible in one or more of the blades. If you have an older air conditioner unit, the fan motor bearings may need to be oiled regularly as well.

Tip #5: Clean Outside Unit

Over time, leaves, dirt, grass clippings and the like will build up on the outside of the air conditioner unit, decreasing system capacity and reducing air flow. After shutting off the power to the unit, use a garden hose to gently wash out the debris, starting at the top with the hose at about a 45° angle. Do NOT use a power washer, and take care not to bend or damage the delicate fins on the coil.

Seasonal Service Maintenance

Simple, basic things like keeping the outdoor unit free of debris, leaves and twigs, and grass can help protect the lifespan of your system. Or checking the filter every month for dust and filth can bring in remarkable results. It takes dedication to fully care for your cooling system.

This is the same dedication Marthedal Solar, Air & Heating puts into every installation or HVAC upgrade we plan and implement. We make sure that every client dependent on our quality service is given the comfort system throughout every season. Here are some tips for spring service and another on why we are top experts in the city of Fresno.

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