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Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips

Written on: May 27, 2024

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air conditioning Hingham, MA With the summer heat rapidly approaching, the last thing any homeowner wants is to find out their air conditioning system is on the fritz.

Regular AC maintenance is crucial not just for ensuring your home remains a cool sanctuary during the sweltering months but also for prolonging the lifespan of your air conditioning unit, reducing energy bills, and preventing costly repairs down the line.

That makes now the perfect time to contact Williams Energy to schedule your central air conditioning system’s annual maintenance tune-up. By the way, a tune-up is included in all our air conditioning service plans.

Understanding the basics of air conditioning maintenance

Regular maintenance is the backbone of a well-functioning air conditioning system. By understanding a bit about how air conditioners work and the common components that require upkeep, homeowners can ensure their units run smoothly and efficiently.

Air conditioners primarily function by removing warm air from your home and cycling in cool air through a refrigeration process that involves evaporator and condenser coils. Keeping these components well-maintained is essential for efficient operation.

DIY air conditioning maintenance tasks

Maintaining your air conditioning unit doesn’t always require professional help. Here are several maintenance tasks that homeowners can easily undertake to help ensure their AC systems operate efficiently.

Changing or cleaning air filters: One of the simplest yet most crucial maintenance tasks is replacing or cleaning the air filters. Dirty filters restrict airflow, reducing the system’s efficiency and ability to effectively cool the air. For most homes, changing filters every 90 days is recommended, though homes with pets or high dust levels may require more frequent changes.

Keeping the outdoor unit clean: The outdoor unit of your air conditioner should be clear of debris such as leaves, pollen, and dirt to ensure optimal airflow. Maintaining at least a 2-foot clearance around the unit can prevent airflow blockages and overheating. Gently removing debris and rinsing the unit with a garden hose can significantly improve efficiency.

Checking and adjusting thermostat settings: To maximize energy efficiency and comfort, consider installing a smart or programmable thermostat if you haven’t already. This allows you to set higher temperatures when you’re not home and cooler temperatures when you or your family members are home, saving you money on energy bills without sacrificing comfort.

The importance of an annual tune-up

While DIY maintenance can go a long way in keeping your central air conditioning running smoothly, scheduling annual professional maintenance is key to addressing issues you might not be equipped to handle.

During a professional maintenance visit, technicians typically perform the following:

Signs your air conditioning needs professional service

Despite regular maintenance, there might be times when your air conditioner requires professional repairs. Watch out for the following warning signs:

Get in touch with Williams Energy today to schedule your central A/C tune-up. And don’t forget to ask about our service plans!