Air conditioners are not complex machines, but they still need maintenance to perform consistently at an optimum level, like any machine. An air conditioner needs proper cleaning and a thorough inspection of common problem areas. Do not slack on maintaining your air conditioner unit. Preventative maintenance is essential when it comes to getting the most out of your AC.
You may be able to perform some maintenance yourself, but other things may require a professional. Professional AC technicians can thoroughly inspect your system to see what maintenance is needed and repair any issues that may be present. Professional maintenance can help you save money in the long run.
Ambient Edge has years of experience in this trade and can repair any air conditioning unit in your home or office. We are available for emergencies 24/7 and offer a broad spectrum of services to fit every unique situation. Whether you need repairs done on your air ducts or you need routine maintenance on your HVAC systems, Ambient Edge is here to get the job done and get you the peace of mind you deserve. Call us at (888) 628-5890 to talk to a representative to learn more.
Types of Maintenance Performed
The types of maintenance an air conditioner typically needs include:
- Replacing or cleaning filters, coils, and fins
- Making sure the air conditioner is level
- Checking refrigerant levels
- Checking drains to make sure there are no clogs
An air conditioner’s filters, evaporator coils, condenser coils, and fins frequently come in direct contact with moisture and air. The coils inside your AC cool the air and reduce its humidity before it can enter your home or office. These coils typically collect condensation due to the nature of their work, and so they get dirty very quickly. Fins disperse heat from the coils and so they often get dirty as well. Usually, dirty fins mean dirty coils. Filters prevent dust and other particulate matter from polluting the air in your home but also get dirty. Dirty filters can obstruct air from passing through them, and so you should regularly replace and maintain them.
An unlevel AC unit can be destructive and costly. Part of the maintenance we provide is to ensure your AC unit remains level and stable at all times. The ground you have your AC unit on will shift as time passes. As the ground shifts, it can throw your AC out of balance. When the unit is unlevel, the refrigerant can leak out. The oil inside the AC can also coagulate due to tilting. This coagulation prevents the oil from traveling through the necessary tubing to lubricate vital parts of the unit. Unlevel AC units also cause vibration because the unit is not stable on the ground. Constant vibration can damage the AC’s internal components, wearing them down until they eventually break. A minor tilt may not be much of an issue, but as the angle becomes more pronounced, it becomes necessary to level the unit.
The refrigerant is responsible for cooling the air that circulates inside the unit. Maintaining an air conditioner means making sure that refrigerant levels are acceptable and topping them off when necessary. Older air conditioners typically use Freon as its refrigerant, which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is phasing out, as it is an ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbon. It is best to change out an older refrigerant to one that better adheres to EPA standards.
The condensate drain line makes sure that all the moisture evaporated by your coils expels from the unit. Because drain lines handle moisture regularly, they become a prime area for mildew and mold to grow and thrive. If these drain lines remain clogged, then your AC will pump air into your home that contains excess humidity. The moisture causes discoloration of the walls or carpet and can also affect your indoor air quality.
Air Conditioner Maintenance Is Essential
The U.S. Department of Energy states that air conditioner maintenance is crucial for performance and efficiency. Neglecting maintenance means your air conditioner will use up more energy and will overwork itself trying to cool your home. Overworking your AC reduces air quality, decreases your unit’s lifespan, can harm the interior of your home, and can cost you hundreds of dollars annually in energy bills.
Do not look at air conditioner maintenance as a cost, but rather as an investment. Investing time and money into regular maintenance saves you money in the long run and ensures you are maximizing your air conditioner’s lifespan. Basic upkeep is easy enough to do by yourself, but for more thorough maintenance, a professional can help.
Our team at Ambient Edge consists of certified and licensed technicians ready to help maintain your air conditioner. We offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. AC maintenance should be affordable and thorough. And with Ambient Edge, you can rest easy knowing that our experts have the skills and knowledge to get the job done and keep your air conditioner running smoothly, cleanly, and efficiently. Give us a call at (888) 628-5890 to schedule a maintenance appointment today.