Summers are hot and humid in Birmingham, AL. High heat and humidity can make for an uncomfortable home, which is why you need to have your HVAC system working efficiently. Consider this checklist for tasks you can do on your own or have a professional do to improve your central air conditioner’s performance and save you money.

Change the Air Filter Frequently

You should perform several tasks at least every other month to ensure that your HVAC system is working properly. At the top of this list is changing the air filter.

A clean air filter traps dirt, dust and other allergens. When it becomes clogged with these particles, your air conditioning unit will have a harder time circulating air through your home, which in turn, leads to higher energy costs since the air conditioner will have to work harder.

Other Maintenance Tasks You Can Do on Your Own

In addition to regularly changing the air filter, you should periodically do several other tasks. One is cleaning the exterior compressor. When debris gets into the compressor or its housing, the unit’s efficiency decreases.

Make sure the unit is turned off and gently remove debris. You should also make sure that the area approximately 2 feet around the compressor remains free of debris.

One other thing you can do is check the air ducts. Look for pest infestations, water damage from condensation as well as corrosion and possible leaks.

Any blockages, holes or breaches in the ducts will lead to inefficiency. Professional technicians should repair any breaches in ductwork. Performing periodic inspections can alert your HVAC professional to a possible small problem before it becomes a big one.

Have a Professional Perform Preventive Maintenance

Annual preventive maintenance is essential because it does two prime tasks: It cleans moving parts and looks for potential problems that you, as a homeowner, aren’t trained to see. While a homeowner is able to complete a couple of rudimentary maintenance tasks, a professional will do many other tasks that you can’t do. These include:

  • Testing of refrigerant level and adding refrigerant if needed
  • Blower component testing and adjustment for proper airflow
  • Thermostat inspection, to make sure it is communicating properly with the HVAC system
  • Tightening of electrical components to ensure proper voltage and current along with safety
  • Lubrication of all moving parts
  • Condensate drain inspection

Having a certified technician assess these and many other system requirements annually will go a long way toward ensuring your HVAC system is operating at its maximum capacity in the summer season.

Have Your Ducts Professionally Cleaned and Inspected

Similar to preventive maintenance, inspection and cleaning of your home’s duct system can reveal problems beyond what you can see on your own. Clean your ducts every three to five years to prevent the buildup of dirt, dust and other organisms that love to live in the dark environment of these passageways. Inspection of the duct will also go a long way toward helping seal any problems that you or the professional may find regarding leaks.

Contact Skelton’s Heating, Cooling and Refrigeration for all your cooling maintenance needs. We are a Trane Comfort Specialist and have been a Top 10 dealer in Alabama for the past 10 years. We deliver personalized service to every customer and professional expertise on every job. Call us for all of your heating, cooling and refrigeration needs.

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