Annual air conditioning tune-ups are recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ENERGY STAR, the U.S. Department of Energy, and local utilities. These yearly check-ups prepare your system for the summer heat, saving you money by increasing your system's efficiency.
Benefits of Regular Air Conditioning Maintenance
As the weather warms up in Virginia Beach, your air conditioner will soon be responsible for keeping you and your home cool and comfortable. These four tips will help you reduce the risk of costly breakdowns and increase your system’s efficiency.
Even if you have already used your Virginia Beach air conditioner this year, performing these maintenance tips will keep it running efficiently all summer.
Change your air filter
You should be regularly changing your heating and cooling system’s air filter about every 30-90 days, depending on the type of filter you have. Before running your air conditioner this summer, check the air filter and change it if it is visibly dirty. Dirty air filters restrict airflow, reducing your air conditioner’s energy efficiency. Airflow restriction also causes your equipment to work harder than necessary, which reduces its expected lifespan and leads to costly repairs.
Clear the area around your air conditioner
Take a few minutes to inspect the area around your outdoor air conditioning unit. Is there debris, branches, weeds, bushes, or shrubs that could be interfering with your air conditioner’s airflow? Clear the area of loose debris and cut back any plants that have grown into the unit’s space.
Check the drain line
During normal operation, your air conditioner will create excess moisture that needs to be drained outside of your home. It is important to make sure the drain line is clear and the moisture can be properly expelled. While your system is running, watch the drain line for water. There should not be a large amount, but if there is none at all your line is probably clogged.
Get a tune-up from an air conditioning professional
A professional air conditioning tune-up will ensure your unit is ready for the summer ahead. A tune-up will include a check of your system’s internal components and refrigerant level as well a coil cleaning. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends yearly tune-ups for your air conditioner in order to maintain peak energy efficiency.