When it comes to maintaining the environment of your home, your HVAC system is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle. As the heat rises in the summer months, it becomes all the more important to have an air conditioner that can keep up with the rising temperatures. Maintaining it and keeping it in good working condition is essential to keeping your home cool and avoiding costly repair bills as well. Here are some of the top components in your air conditioner to be aware of as the summer moves forward.
Air Filter – this is a very important part of any air conditioning system. It traps particles and potential allergens and helps to ensure that only clean, fresh air is entering your home. Depending on its usage frequency, it may need to be changed every month or every couple of months. Neglecting to change your filter can cause it to become clogged and hinder your unit’s ability to work at top efficiency. Long-term neglect can often lead to larger problems and more costly repairs.
Compressor – the AC compressor works with the refrigerant in the unit to transfer and dissipate heat by varying the pressure within the system The compressor is usually outside the home and should be free from leaves, debris and landscaping, and cleaned regularly to ensure longevity of the unit. Doing so will allow the unit to provide the cool and refreshing air you’ll rely on all summer long.
Evaporator Coil – as air passes into and through the system, the evaporator coil absorbs the heat from the air in your home using evaporation to cool the air. Your ac repair specialist can help to alert you when the evaporator coil is in need of cleaning or replacement in order to improve the system’s ability to cool the air in your home.
Air Ducts – while often overlooked, the ductwork of your system should be included in your regular air conditioner inspection and maintenance. These are the pathways that run throughout your home, spreading the cool and pleasant air that you and your family enjoy. These should be sealed properly and configured to ensure that optimum efficiency is achieved.
Refrigerant – This is the part of the system that absorbs any excess heat and helps to supply cool air. Low refrigerant generally indicates a leak somewhere in the system and will lead to inefficient operation due to less cooling power. We recommend consulting a professional for refrigerant checks, as there may be local regulations regarding safe handling.
These are just a few of the key components that allow your ac unit to run smoothly and provide you with the clean, cool air in your home. Regular maintenance can help to keep your repair costs down and will help to ensure a longer lifespan for your unit. If you would like to know more or to have a consultation on what your ac unit might need for the summer, contact our offices in San Jose, CA. We look forward to hearing from you.