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The Importance of Regular Air Conditioner Maintenance

May 15, 2013

Air Conditioner Maintenance

Over the course of the cooling season, your air conditioner loses some of its efficiency due to loosened belts and electrical connections as well as dust buildup and standard wear on your equipment. A neglected air conditioner uses up to 25% more energy than a well-maintained system.

Annual air conditioner maintenance can save you money in three ways, by:

  1. Lowering your utility bills associated with cooling your home.
  2. Preventing inconvenient and expensive air conditioner repair during the hottest part of the summer.
  3. Extending the operating life of your air conditioner.

Tap-Roots Plumbing & Heating, a full-service Richmond air conditioning company, offers a multiple-point air conditioner tune-up that includes several essential points:

  • Lubricating the motor to stop friction.
  • Testing the controls to ensure your air conditioner cycles properly.
  • Inspecting start and run capacitors and relays for damage.
  • Flushing the condensate drain to prevent water from backing up during high humidity.
  • Tightening belts and electrical connections.
  • Adjusting and cleaning your thermostat for optimum accuracy.
  • Cleaning the outdoor condensing coil to remove debris.
  • Checking the voltage and amperage on the motor.

After your annual tune-up, you can maintain your system over the course of the cooling season with these helpful tips.

Inspect your air filter each month and replace it when you can no longer see through it. A dirty filter prevents air from flowing optimally to your system and can cause serious damage to your air conditioner and your health.

Keep your outdoor condensing unit clean. Remove plant growth from around the unit and hose it down once a month to remove dirt and debris caught in the fins.

Maintain the area around your indoor unit. Keep obstructions at least three feet away, and vacuum regularly to remove dust that can enter the system and damage the components.

Remove obstructions from in front of your return and supply registers to ensure adequate airflow to your system and improve its cooling power in your home.

For more tips on maintaining your air conditioner, contact us at Tap-Roots Plumbing & Heating at 604-222-1282.


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