An air conditioner's filters, coils, and fins require regular maintenance for the unit to function effectively and efficiently throughout its years of service. Neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in air conditioning performance while energy use steadily increases. Check out our Energy Saver 101 Infographic: Home Cooling for more ways to help improve your comfort and the efficiency of your air conditioner.
Perhaps the most sensible way to cool your home is to use your home's heating apparatus. Heat pumps can work in exactly this fashion. This device exchanges warmer and cooler air particles between your home and the outside air, allowing you to create a comfortable environment inside your home without the need of generating your own source of heat and cold. The one major drawback of heat pumps is that they tend to be inadequate in extremely cold or hot temperatures, which Portland essentially never sees. The only reason many homeowners don't have heat pumps in their homes is that they already have a forced air heating system. Thus, the best time to install air conditioning for your home is when your heating system fails.
Change your air filter. Air filters need changed every 30 to 90 days, depending on the type of filter you have. It’s a wise idea to get on a regular schedule – note filter changes on your calendar, and make a note to check them every month during the summer, when your system runs ‘round the clock. Follow these filter change instructions to get the job done.
If the AC doesn’t turn off, it may be time to clean the condensing unit. Dirty condenser coils won’t give off heat efficiently and will keep the unit running. Another possibility: The contacts on the outdoor run relay may have welded together—something that can happen over time because of frequent electrical arcing at the relay. Before checking the run relay, turn off the power to the furnace and the condensing unit. Next, disassemble the relay and pry apart the contacts. This should do the trick until you buy a replacement—which you should do soon.
If you have an older central air conditioner, you might choose to replace the outdoor compressor with a modern, high-efficiency unit. If you do so, consult a local heating and cooling contractor to assure that the new compressor is properly matched to the indoor unit. However, considering recent changes in refrigerants and air conditioning designs, it might be wiser to replace the entire system.
If you start noticing any of these signs above or other “odd” things going on with your HVAC system, contact David LeRoy Plumbing, Inc. to repair or replace your HVAC. We are local experts who provide quality service. We have a team of professional and experienced technicians to help guide you through the decision process and we regularly feature special prices on tune-ups for home heating and cooling equipment.
To be honest, an HVAC technician’s work goes beyond more than installation, maintenance and repair. Most people are increasingly spending more time inside the home, so indoor air quality, home energy savings and total comfort have become even more important. There are several choices and solutions when it comes to HVAC systems, and our experts will consult with you every step of the way and work with you to achieve your goals.