The simplest, most cost-effective way to make sure you're getting the most out of your air conditioner is by scheduling routine maintenance. Regularly scheduled professional air conditioner maintenance, along with some easy homeowner-done upkeep tasks, will make sure your home comfort system works efficiently and well — saving you money and keeping your home comfortable.
Professional preventive maintenance includes inspecting the entire A/C system, which helps to catch any potential problems early, avoiding major repairs and/or breakdowns. Maintenance also extends the life of the heating and cooling equipment in your greater-Cleveland-area home, delaying the cost and inconvenience of replacing the system in the future.
Homeowners can keep their air conditioning systems in top shape between professional visits by:
- Replacing the air filter monthly or whenever it appears dirty.
- Keeping vents clear of rugs and furniture.
- Cleaning the outside A/C condenser unit with a water hose as needed. NOTE: Make sure to kill the power to the unit before attempting this task and then remember to turn it on again when finished!
- Making sure lawn clippings and shrubs are cleared away from the unit.
Schedule a maintenance visit from your local HVAC expert in spring, to prepare your system for upcoming heavy use in summer.
Your technician will provide a thorough inspection and take care of these tasks:
- Test controls, electrical wiring and connections.
- Check refrigerant level, adjusting if necessary.
- Clean any debris from inside the cabinet (outdoors).
- Clear any obstructions from the outside drain.
- Inspect coil, fan motor and blades, lubricating if necessary.
- Clean evaporator coil, drain pan and lines.
- Examine compressor and tubing for leaks.
- Clean blower housing.
- Lubricate and clean motor.
- Replace fan belt if worn.
- Replace/clean air filter.
- Inspect the duct system, checking for leaks or debris buildup.
Air conditioner maintenance while the A/C is running:
- Monitor system start-up.
- Investigate any excess noise or odor.
- Measure refrigerant pressure.
- Adjust air circulation rate as needed.
- Check vents for obstructions if indicated.
- Test electrical system.
- Provide a system condition report, noting any needed repairs or parts.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.