Few things are more satisfying than having the ability to do home repairs yourself. However, there are some times when calling in a professional will save you money and aggravation. Air conditioning maintenance is one of those times. There are a handful of things you can do to keep your AC running strong when you need it, but it’s good to know when it’s time to call in a pro.
What You Can Do
One of the first things that should be done is regular inspection and cleaning of exterior cabinets, condenser coils, drains, and motors. Dust and debris can get packed in and seriously harm the movement of mechanical parts and clog the works. Inspections should include wiring as well to check for disconnections or fraying. You should also change the air filter at the beginning and end of each season and about every 30-60 days in heavy use.
When You Need a Professional
If, after running through the list of common AC problems like clogged filters or drains, leaks, and improper temperature settings, you still have a problem with your air conditioning, it’s time for a professional inspection. A repair technician will be able to tell if a part needs replacing, if your wiring is faulty, and if your refrigerant is low. These are all repairs only a certified HVAC technician should tackle, especially if your unit or its parts are still under warranty.
Between regular seasonal maintenance and professional servicing, your air conditioner should work well throughout its expected life span. There are many websites where you can learn more about home maintenance and repair. Your local HVAC or home building supply store can also provide you with tips on DIY and energy savings.