How can I clean and do routine maintenance on my air conditioning unit?
Heating and air conditioning companies often offer maintenance servicing for both air conditioning units and furnaces. "We recommend annual air conditioning tune-ups. Although regular checkups will not absolutely guarantee that a unit will continue to work perfectly throughout the season, they will reveal small problems that can lead to major, far more expensive problems if left unattended."
Homeowners can do the following things to maintain their air conditioning units:
Be sure all access panels are secure, with all the screws in place.
Clean obvious obstructions such as newspaper, leaves, etc. from around the exterior of the unit.
Be sure the thermostat is set in the cooling mode. Just setting the dial below room temperature will not activate the air conditioning if it is set in the heat mode.
Here are some other basic tips:
How often should I recharge my air conditioner with new freon?
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:
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