Spring cleaning should apply to all areas of your home including your AC unit!
- A dirty condenser coil: When they’re running, the outdoor unit is constantly drawing air through the outdoor coil and expelling it through the top of the unit. Dirt debris and grass clippings are often pulled into the unit and stick to the coil. Over time this buildup can reduce the airflow and insulate the coil. This leads to poor performance, higher energy bills and causes the compressor to work harder than it should. Regularly washing the dirt and debris from the unit is key to keeping the unit running at peak performance.
- Drain line: In addition to dropping the temperature inside, the air conditioner also removes moisture from the air. In the summer, the drain line is a constantly wet environment. Algae loves to grow in these conditions and will grow in the drain until it forms a clot. These blockages can lead to expensive water leaks or cause the system to not run at all.
- Capacitors: The capacitor is a small but crucial component which regulates the electricity across fan motors and compressor. They also provide an extra kick to during startup. Capacitors can fail all at once or slowly degrade. A degrading capacitor can cause the compressor or fan motor to draw more power than it should which leads to a higher electric bill. A capacitor that has failed completely will cause the system to not run at all.
- Air leaks: A very common and often overlooked problem, air leaks lead to higher energy bills and reduced cooling capacity. Over time, the heating and cooling down of the attic can compromise duct tape and sealant, causing cool air from your home to be wasted in the attic.
- Refrigerant Leaks: A system that is running while low on refrigerant has reduced cooling capacity and is more expensive to operate. Leaks that are found early are often less expensive to repair and can be addressed before they become a bigger problem.