Your air conditioner represents a substantial investment in providing comfort in your Columbia home. You want to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. Proper care and maintenance will go a long way in ensuring your A/C does last its full span of 10 to 15 years. There are however, several common ac-usage mistakes that will shorten the life span of your air conditioning system and reduce its efficiency.
To function properly, your HVAC system needs routine maintenance. The refrigerant level, for instance, should be checked every spring. If it is low, it should be topped off by a professional service tech. The technician should also ensure leaks aren’t the cause of the low refrigerant levels. Without the right level of refrigerant, your A/C will not cool properly and the compressor may fail. Other cooling tasks that should be regularly performed include cleaning evaporator and condenser coils, and cleaning and adjusting blower components. Your technician should also check the thermostat, controls, electrical connections, and condensate drain, and lubricate all moving parts.
A dirty air filter impedes airflow, affecting the cooling process and putting a strain on the A/C. Over time, failure to change filters can result in breakdowns and also compromise air quality. Follow the filter manufacturer’s instructions. Generally you will need to change your filter more often during periods of high usage, and if your environment is especially dusty, or you have pets that shed.
Closing the vents in rooms that are not occupied will not save money on energy. Doing so, actually contributes to unbalanced air pressure. Air conditioners should maintain a neutral balance between the return and supply air in the ductwork. Close off a vent, and the balance is lost and the system will not work efficiently.
Your HVAC pros at Cool Care Heating and Air, are happy to provide advice so you can avoid mistakes when operating your air conditioning system. Call us at (803) 772-7715 for more information or to schedule an appointment.