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Air Conditioning Service and other Simple Maintenance Tips to Keep You Cool

Maintaining a regular schedule of air conditioning service maximizes the service life of your AC unit while minimizing expensive repairs or replacement. Ideally, you should hire a professional for the job. After all, they are the ones best suited for it, knowing virtually all the ins and outs of the system. Most people tend to undermine the complexity of an AC unit by preferring to tinker with it on their own. Such attempts usually result in futility if not further damage to their units.

While there are simple maintenance measures, such as the following ones, it is always wisest to leave the rest of the handyman tasks to professionals.

Check Your Filter

At the very least, this is something you should keep an eye on, for the air filter directly affects the efficiency of your unit’s air flow. If the filter is blocked or clogged with dust and other micro-debris, your room will not be as cool as it should.

Though the unit’s mechanisms are not impaired, dirty or clogged filters can significantly decrease its efficiency. Filters can either be washed (if you have the reusable type) or replaced (if you have the disposable ones). Whichever type you use, it is important to remember to clean or replace your air filters at least once a month, especially during peak-use season.

Check Condenser Unit

Like air filters, the condenser unit, which includes the coils, also tends to gather dust and debris. Over time, and if not checked for cleaning regularly, accumulated dust and debris can insulate the coils, which then prevents the condenser from absorbing heat as well as it should.

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The condenser also insulates airflow, which can be problematic when the condenser coils and aluminum fins become bent. These can be replaced, but call on a professional to do it.

Air Out the Vents

Another source of poor airflow from your unit can be traced to clogged vents. Dustballs and other debris can block the flow of the cool air, and what little that passes through may be carrying dust with it. The dust then disburses throughout the room and settles on furniture. Worse, it can trigger allergies in those who live in the home.

It all starts out quite minor and unnoticeable, but over time, clogged vents definitely turn into a serious consequence. The least you can do, therefore, is conduct a regular schedule of cleaning the air vents.

What to Expect from Your AC Serviceman

These preventive measures are just some of the simple tasks you can take to keep your air conditioning unit well maintained and cost efficient. At the end of the day, however, doing these things should not be a reason for you not to have a professional serviceman check your air conditioning unit. An expert remains in the best position to ensure that your unit is functioning well and any potential problems are immediately addressed.

For example, you can count on a professional to check if your unit contains the correct volume of refrigerant and whether leaks exist. Should they find a leak, they are trained and well-equipped with the right tools to fix it. The chemicals in the refrigerant make it a dangerous element with which to deal, requiring the expertise of a pro. An expert can also inspect the necessary electric terminals, adjust connections where necessary, and even check for general wear and tear in the individual parts, including belts and motors.

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Do not hesitate to seek the help of professionals, such as those from Brown & Reaves Services, so you can get the most out of your air conditioning unit.

Call Brown & Reaves Services in Myrtle Beach SC today at 843-497-9867, or fill out our short form and someone will contact you as quickly as possible to answer any questions you may have about your air conditioning system.

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