Maintaining Your Home Air Conditioner
Air Conditioning Maintenance in Tampa, FL
Your home’s air conditioner works hard to keep your family cool during the hot Tampa, FL summers. To get the longest lifespan from your air conditioner, don’t forget to schedule professional air conditioner repairs from Hawkins Service Company. We specialize in comprehensive AC services, including AC repair, AC maintenance, and more. Annual air conditioner repairs can help your HVAC system last for many years. While it’s best to leave most residential AC services to our professionals, there are some things you can do yourself related to air conditioner maintenance. Learn more about maintaining your home’s air conditioner and get in touch with us to schedule service.
What You Can Do
If you’re ready to do some DIY air conditioner maintenance, be sure the main power to the unit is turned off. After ensuring the power is off, you can clean grass and debris from the bottom of the condenser so your system cools air more efficiently. Learn about some additional steps you can take to keep your HVAC system in good working order:
- Filters – One of the most important maintenance tasks you can perform is to change your filters regularly. Dirty air conditioner filters can decrease the efficiency of your HVAC unit. Dirty and clogged filters reduce the amount of air that can flow through them. If the airflow becomes obstructed, air can bypass the filter, and dirt can be directly deposited into evaporator coils. Replacing your filters regularly can lower the air conditioner’s energy consumption by up to 15%. If you have reusable filters, you will need to clean them. Replaceable filters should be changed out every month or two.
- Coils & Fins – Over time, your air conditioner’s evaporator coil and condenser coil will collect dirt. While a clean filter will prevent this from occurring, the evaporator coil will still manage to collect dirt slowly. That dirt will reduce airflow and reduce the ability of the coil to absorb heat. Check your evaporator coil annually and clean it if necessary. Clean the area around the coil, remove any debris, and trim back any foliage at least two feet to allow for adequate airflow. The aluminum fins on the evaporator and condenser coils can bend easily, blocking airflow through the coils. You can purchase a fin comb to comb the fins back into their original place.
- Condensate Drains – Clogged condensate drains can prevent your system from reducing humidity. You could also experience excess moisture that discolors your home’s carpets or walls. To take care of the problem, you can occasionally pass a stiff wire through the drain channels.
- Professional Assistance – If you’re not comfortable or don’t want to perform any of the previously mentioned tasks, you can always leave all your residential or commercial AC maintenance to our professionals. We can do additional tasks that homeowners are not equipped or trained to handle.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance Today
If you’re the DIY type, feel free to tackle some of the tips we’ve provided for maintaining your home’s air conditioner. Hawkins Service Company offers comprehensive HVAC services, including maintenance, inspections, repairs, and replacements. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or get your free estimate.