As summer approaches and temperatures rise, it’s important to do some preventative maintenance on your Air Conditioning system. Here at Precision Tech NJ we’ll talk you through the basic maintenance steps and if for any reason you are confused or concerned you can always give us a call and we will be happy to assist you however we can. HVAC repair in New Jersey.
1. Safety First
Here at precision tech we pride ourselves on putting safety above all else. Before beginning any maintenance on your air conditioning system, be sure to turn off power to the condenser at the service panel or circuit. Also, be sure to turn off the power to the condenser unit, as this typically has a 240-volt weatherproof box located near the unit.
2. Clear or Replace the Filters
Clear of replace your furnace and air-handler filters whenever they begin to appear clogged with dust, or at least twice a year. Not changing these filters will prevent proper air flow and reduce the overall efficiency of your air conditioning unit. Also, not changing these filters recirculates dust into your home.
3. Clean the Air Conditioner’s Condenser Coils
Clean your air conditioning unit’s condenser coils and fans of any debris. Central air conditioning system generally have a condenser unit, typically located outdoors. It is a large fan in a metal box with sides that allow wind flow. If your condenser unit was covered during the winter, uncover it. If your condenser unit was not covered during the winter, clear out all debris accumulated over the last season. Then, ensure the fan has the ability the move without being obstructed by debris. Now, observe inside the box, below the fan, is a coil system. These coils need to be cleaned so your condenser unit works at it’s maximum efficiency. To clean the coils, remove the side and top panels, lift off the top (may be heavy), and gently vacuum, brush, or wipe the condenser coils.
4. Clean and Clear Debris
Clear all leaves and debris out of the base of the condenser, some units have a drain, if your unit has a drain make sure the drain is clear. Clean the blower’s fan blades using a vacuum or rag and ensure there is no excess water inside the unit. Then, reassemble the condenser
5. Check the Coolant Lines
Refrigerant tubes or pipes run from your air conditioner’s evaporator on the air handler to the condenser outside. These tubes/lines are usually covered with a foam coolant line insulation. Check to see there are no areas where the insulation is frayed or missing, if so replace with new foam insulation sleeves or wrap with foam insulation tape.
6. Test the Unit
Test your newly cleaned air conditioning unit after allowing the unit to dry thoroughly, you’ll need to turn the power back on to your condenser unit before attempting.
Again, if you have any questions or concerns trying this process yourself, give the professionals a call! We are happy to help.