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Maintenance Required to Reduce the Need for Air Conditioning Repair

Every reputable air conditioning repair service in Myrtle Beach will likely give the same answer if asked about the best way to avoid their services–proper and regular maintenance. However, this is easier said than done because too many residents see AC unit maintenance as a mere suggestion rather than a prerequisite to proper performance.

The attitude is understandable, since few residents possess technical know-how to properly maintain an AC unit and its parts. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Energy provides a helpful infographic that demystifies AC unit maintenance and helps you prolong your AC unit’s life by elucidating on the unit’s components that require continuous monitoring to avoid a breakdown.

Top Two AC Parts that Directly Affect Your Unit’s Efficiency and Longevity

An air conditioner is composed of many different, intricate, and equally important mechanical parts. However, two components especially demand your vigilance if you want to realize your AC’s expected service life of 15 years.

Filters

Every basic help guide found on the Internet usually advises homeowners to either clean (reuse) or totally replace a dirty AC filter. According to a guidebook written by James L. Kittle, aside from improving the indoor air quality, an air conditioner’s filter deters dust, grime, and other foreign particulates to reach other sensitive parts of the AC unit.

Neglecting your AC’s filter can lead to various consequences, ranging from simple attrition in the unit’s performance and efficiency, to needing a litany of AC repairs, to triggering asthma and allergies among your home’s occupants.

Filters need constant attention, especially if the weather is particularly sunny or balmy, which is almost all the time in Myrtle Beach. If your AC is in constant use, subjected to a dusty environment, or is in a house inhabited by furry pets, then your filters should be changed at least once a month.

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Coils

An important AC part that directly benefits from a clean filter is the coil. It is responsible for removing heat and humidity from indoor air to cool the room.

There are two types of AC coils: evaporator and condenser. Aside from being located in different parts of the system (particularly in a split system), these two coils differ in their primary functions. An evaporator coil draws the hot indoor air and moves it into indirect contact with the refrigerant. The cooled air is then circulated to the room through the AC fan. A condenser coil, on the other hand, cools down the heated refrigerant and simultaneously converts it back to its liquid form, repeating the home-cooling process.

Unfortunately, maintaining clean filters is not enough to prevent the coils from accumulating dirt, especially if your home environment is a little dusty. Evaporator coils should be checked by a professional at least once a year, while condenser coils require constant checking to keep them free from dirt and debris.

By monitoring and maintaining these two parts, you are ensuring the efficiency of your AC unit.

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