An air conditioner’s fins, coils and filters require regular maintenance for optimal efficiency and service throughout its lifespan. Neglecting AC maintenance is one way to ensure a steady decline in performance and an increase in energy use. While it is essential for your system to be periodically inspected and serviced by one of our professionals, there are some simple tasks that you can perform.
The most important AC maintenance task is to routinely clean or replace the filters. Dirty, clogged filters obstruct airflow and significantly compromise a system’s efficiency. When airflow is obstructed, air bypassing the filter may carry dirt into the coil and impair its heat-absorbing capacity. According to the Department of Energy, replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can reduce your air conditioner’s energy use by 5-15%.
Also, the outdoor condenser coils can get very dirty in a dusty environment, or if there is nearby foliage. If you look at the coil, you can easily see if dirt is collecting on the fins. Trimming foliage back by at least 2 feet, removing any debris, and cleaning the area near the coil will allow for sufficient airflow around the condenser.
At the start of the cooling season, have a look at the seal between the window frame and the air conditioner. Moisture can damage this, allowing cool air to escape from your home.
For your heating and cooling needs in Lakeland, FL, contact us at Ryals Brothers Inc. We offer all types of AC maintenance and service. Our owner, Ken, goes on every job to check on the quality of work and customer satisfaction.