Another hot Kansas summer is just around the corner, and it’s time to get the jump on maintenance of your air conditioning system. Don’t wait until that first uncomfortably warm evening to turn on your A/C unit, only to find that it’s not blowing cold air. A system that is properly tuned prior to cooling season will also use less energy, which can save a lot of money over the course of the summer.
Preventive maintenance will ensure that your system is ready when you need it and reduces the likelihood of a breakdown when it’s running. What type of preventive maintenance needs to be done to ensure your air conditioning system is operating at peak performance and efficiency?
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends the following:
- Replace the air filters – this is the most important (and easy) maintenance item to ensure overall system efficiency.
- Replace worn belts on the blower unit.
- Clean the condensate drip pan / tank and piping – a blocked condensate drain can lead to excessive damage to your system and your home
- Clean the blower housing and evaporator coils for better heat transfer.
- Clean the outdoor condensing unit coils for optimum performance of the cooling system.
- Lubricate all indoor and outdoor fan motors to reduce heat and wear.
- Check the refrigerant charge to ensure proper system pressures and most efficient operation.
It’s also a good idea to have the duct system and the air registers inspected and cleaned if necessary. Clean duct work reduces allergen distribution, and allows your air conditioning system to deliver the maximum rated flow of cool air in the summer (as well as warm air in the winter).
If you schedule a factory trained technician from Overland Park Heating and Cooling to perform early season maintenance on your air conditioning system today, you’ll be confident that when summer heats up, you’ll be ready to keep your family cool – and your energy bills lower.
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