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|Spring is a generally mild season.
It's also the ideal time to budget a bit of that savings for an air
conditioning tune-up. Done now, it can prevent many small problems from
becoming big, expensive problems later.
Q: How often should I recharge my air conditioner with new freon?
A: Contrary to popular belief, air conditioners do not consume refrigerant (freon) as a car consumes oil, so under ideal conditions it would never need changing or filling. Therefore, a low freon level indicates a leak which should be repaired before adding more. While most new system connections are welded to minimize leaks, many older units (8+ years) were connected with mechanical flared fittings which can vibrate loose over the years, causing leaks.
Freon leaks are a problem because:
Q: Recently I've been receiving calls from heating and air companies offering to tune-up my unit for a special price. I never buy from telemarketers, but I do wonder, are regular check-ups worthwhile?
A: Our company doesn't solicit over the phone, but we do recommend annual air conditioning check-ups in the spring and furnace check-ups every fall. Although regular checkups will not absolutely guarantee that a unit will continue to work perfectly throughout the season, they will reveal most small problems that can lead to major, far more expensive problems if left unattended.
Q: What does an air conditioning check-up consist of?
A: It consists of the following steps:
Q: Is there anything a homeowner can do to maintain the air conditioning unit?
A: Yes. The first thing to check before turning on your unit is to make sure the condensing unit located outside is not covered up. The unit needs to draw air into the system in order to have something to cool and blow out inside, but the process is hindered if it cannot pull enough air in from outside.
We're amazed how many homeowners call because their air conditioner isn't cooling their house, only to find they forgot they had temporarily stacked lawn furniture, bags of leaves and lawn clippings, etc. around their outside unit over the winter. Some people intentionally cover their condenser to "protect" it from the elements during the winter, although these units are designed for outdoor installation and require no protection at all.
Here are some basic tips:
A thoroughly cleaned air conditioning unit will operate at top efficiency. However, homeowners are strongly discouraged from using a hose and water to try clean it themselves because of the very serious risk of electrical shock and possible shorting of electrical components.
Like most anything you own, you will find that regular maintenance sooner is far less costly than repairs or even replacement later.