Hot summer days will be here before you know it and your air conditioner will soon be in high demand. The best way to make sure that your AC can handle the hot Las Vegas summers is by scheduling your annual maintenance service today. Annual maintenance performed by an experienced AC repair company will address potential problems before they can become a costly repair and prepare your AC unit for more efficient operation.
If you have already noticed that your air conditioner is not working properly, professional AC repair is the best way to get it up and running like it should. However, there are a few simple things you can do to provide basic service for your air conditioner.
Surface Clean Your Air Conditioner
A dirty AC unit is a common cause for poor function. Dirt, dust, and debris can build up both inside and out of the unit causing it to work harder to cool your home affecting the efficiency with which it operates. A trained AC repair technician is the best equipped to clean the coils, fins, evaporator drain, motor and other components of your air conditioner, but if you clean the area around the unit and its surface you may still notice a difference in how it operates.
Before you clean your air conditioner be sure that you completely turn off power to the unit whether through a power switch, unplugging it or shutting off the circuit breaker connected to it. Clean the area around the unit by raking away leaves, clearing debris, trimming nearby branches or bushes, and brushing off dust from the outside cover.
You can also help keep a cleanly functioning unit by replacing the blower filter in your HVAC system. Filters should be changed at least twice a year, once before the heating season and again before the cooling season. A dirty, clogged filter can reduce airflow through your system forcing the unit to work harder.
Test How Well Your Air Conditioner Functions
The easiest way to see if your AC unit is working is simply to turn it on at the thermostat. If it doesn’t kick in and start cooling, make sure to call for AC repair before the problem becomes worse. You can also test how efficient your air conditioner is by using a hand held thermometer to test the temperature in each room of your home. All rooms should be fairly equal in temperature and close to the temperature set on the thermostat.
When you turn on your AC unit, you should pay attention to the length of time it takes to cool the space and listen for any strange noises as it’s running. Uneven cooling throughout the house, abnormal sounds, and running continuously can be signs of a problem.
Address Pooling Water Issues
While you are checking how well your AC is running, take some time to check for dripping or pooling water near the air return or at the unit outside. You can check for cracks, holes or other signs of a leak in the tubing and floor drain. If you find leaking water or pooled water, call for AC repair quickly. Make sure to check the floor drain, clearing it of any dirt or debris and testing that water condensation is draining as it should.
Taking the time inspect your air conditioner can make a significant difference in preventing major problems. For more help or to schedule AC maintenance or AC repair in Las Vegas, call us at Silver State Refrigeration, HVAC & Plumbing at (702) 433-5008.
Silver State Refrigeration, HVAC & Plumbing
4535 Copper Sage Street Las Vegas, NV 89115