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Maintenance Checklist from Air One Air Solutions Inc.

west palm beach ac servicesMaintaining your AC system can help prevent issues, avoid unnecessary costs and extend the life of your system. Keeping your system operating at peak performance (especially during the hot South Florida summers) can help save you a bunch of cash. It’s critically important to have a trusted professional provide an annual check-up, but there are some GREAT things that you can do yourself to keep your AC system running smoothly.

A proper professional check-up should include the following…

  • Checking the thermostat settings
    • Your AC professional should make sure your thermostat is fully functional and allows for you to keep comfortable while at home and to save money while away.
  • Lubricate all moving parts
    • It’s important to inspect and lubricate all parts that lack lubrication. Any friction in the motors of your unit will increase the amount of electricity you use to cool your home.
  • Check and inspect the condensate drain…In your central air conditioner, furnace and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode). A plugged drain can cause water damage in the house and affect indoor humidity levels.
  • Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors. Faulty electrical connections can cause unsafe operation of your system and reduce the life of major components.

Cooling Specific

  • Clean evaporator and condenser air conditioning coils. Dirty coils reduce the system’s ability to cool your home and cause the system to run longer, increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment.
  • Check your central air conditioner’s refrigerant level and adjust if necessary. Too much or too little refrigerant will make your system less efficient increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to provide proper system airflow for greater comfort levels. Airflow problems can reduce your system’s efficiency by up to 15 percent.

Do-it-Yourself Actions

  • Inspect, clean, or change air filters once a month in your central air conditioner, furnace, and/or heat pump. Your contractor can show you how to do this. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to early failure.

For more, visit http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=heat_cool.pr_maintenance

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