With sizzling-hot and humid weather all summer long in Virginia Beach, VA, you’ll rely on your air conditioner for relief. Just like your AC system helps you feel comfortable in your home, there are some things you can do to help it operate as efficiently as possible. Follow these simple tips to make the most of your AC system this summer.
Change the HVAC Filter
If you only have time to do one type of maintenance task on your cooling system this summer, change its filter. According to the Department of Energy, changing the filter is the most critical part of AC maintenance. We recommend checking the filter every month. It’s easier to remember if you set a reminder on your smartphone or calendar. If the filter is dirty, replace it. Don’t wait for more than three months between HVAC filter changes.
Check the Condensate Line
Each time your AC system runs a cooling cycle, some moisture condenses out of your home’s air. It’s the job of the condensate line to drain that moisture into your home’s wastewater system or outside into the yard. An obstruction in the pipe could cause water to back up into the drain pan and air conditioner, which could lead to a system failure. If you suspect the line is clogged, look outside for the pvc pipe drain line. If it’s dripping water, it isn’t clogged. If it isn’t dripping, you can flush out the line or extract the clog using a shop vac. If you’re not comfortable performing either of these, please call an HVAC technician. The condensate line is checked for clogs during normal maintenance appointments.
Schedule Regular Maintenance
Many maintenance tasks are best left to trained and certified professionals. These tasks include cleaning the evaporator coil, checking the contactors and wiring and verifying the refrigerant level. We recommend an annual spring maintenance visit for your AC system. However, it’s never too late in the summer to schedule maintenance. Keeping up with these maintenance visits reduces the risk of an AC malfunction and improves the system’s efficiency.
For more tips on how you can help your AC system, take a look at Climatemakers air conditioning maintenance services, or contact us today.