Air Conditioning Maintenance for Your Cincinnati Home Is a Must — What It Entails
by Greg Leisgang on April 23, 2014
Posted in: Air Conditioners
After a long, frigid winter in the greater Cincinnati area, many residents are planning for the warmer weather ahead. While preparing your home for the spring and summer seasons, it's important to remember to inspect and maintain your home cooling system. Even if you cleaned the A/C system at the end of last season, be sure to follow these tips to ensure that the air conditioner is running efficiently.
Clean the Evaporator
It's recommended that the unit's evaporator is cleaned at least once a year. The evaporator is located in the plenum, which can be found above the furnace. Remove the insulation and access plate. Then, use a hard brush to remove dirt. Be sure to clean the condensation tray located underneath the evaporator as well. If you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself, contact your trusted HVAC contractor.
Check the Air Filter
Inspect the HVAC system's air filter and replace it if dirty. A dirty air filter often leads to dirty evaporator coils, while a clean air filter has the potential to cut energy consumption by up to 15 percent. Reference the manufacturer's manual or the former filter when determining what size filter you'll need.
Clear the Area Around the Outdoor Condensing Unit
Your unit may be surrounded by plants and trees, which can lead to a reduction in airflow. Mulch and grass clippings commonly collect on the unit's fins, which can also reduce efficiency. Be sure to clear the area around the outdoor condensing unit to prevent debris from collecting in your unit.
Be Sure Furniture Isn't Blocking Air Vents
When furniture is placed in front of an air vent, it forces the cooling system to work harder than necessary. By allowing an open space around the air vents, air can circulate freely, and you can cut energy costs by putting less stress on your system.
The best way to ensure your unit is functioning properly is to consult with an HVAC professional. A technician can accurately measure the refrigerant, check for leaks and inspect belts and oil motors. For air conditioning assistance in Cincinnati, contact us at JonLe Heating and Cooling.
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