Still Running the A/C? Some Tips for Proper Maintenance

Still Running the A/C? Some Tips for Proper MaintenanceEven though the worst heat of the summer is over in Troy and Birmingham, you may still need your A/C for hot weather that can occur periodically until we’re deep into fall. Each time your cooling system runs without routine maintenance, it wears out a little faster and increases its energy consumption. 

Tending to Your Air Conditioner Involves These Tasks:

  • Inspecting the filter. A clean filter promotes good airflow and reduced energy consumption. When filters are covered with dust, the airflow slows and it takes longer for the appliance to cool your home, increasing energy consumption. When replacing the filter, be sure to choose the exact size, since one that’s too small is like running the air conditioner without one.
  • Keeping the condenser clean. Over the course of the summer, dust collects on the condenser’s coil and fins, along with grass clippings and vegetative debris. It’s a good idea to hose the coils off and remove the vegetation. If you see a buildup of grass clippings, you may need to use a soft brush to loosen them.
  • Checking the registers. It’s a good idea to check the registers in all your rooms to verify that nothing is blocking them, especially if they’re in the floor.

Tasks for the HVAC Technician:

If you didn’t have your A/C serviced this season, it’s not too late to have it maintained. The HVAC technician will go through the entire system, adjusting and checking all the parts, checking airflow and refrigerant pressure, and applying lubrication where it’s needed. Technicians can deep clean the condenser coil and the evaporator coil indoors, which improves cooling efficiency and prolongs the life of the compressor.

A technician will be able to check the integrity of your home’s ductwork. No matter how well your HVAC equipment is maintained, if you have leaks, you’re lowering indoor air quality and sending conditioned air where you don’t need it.

For more information about a late-season A/C tuneup, contact Aladdin Heating & Cooling. We’ve provided top-notch HVAC services for the Detroit metro area, including Rochester and Lake Orion for more than 65 years.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Detroit, Michigan about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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