Air conditioning systems are some of the most powerful appliances in the home today. But to maintain a functioning system throughout the year, you must take good care of each cooling unit in your system. Learn why and how you should service the cooling units in your air conditioning system today.
Why Should You Service Your Cooling System?
Cooling systems can last for 12–15 years before you need to replace them with something newer and more reliable. However, outdoor and indoor units won't last long if they're dirty, clogged, or filled with things that don't belong inside them.
Although the outdoor unit (condenser) sits close to your home, the unit can still build up with grass, flowers, and even decaying leaves. Insects, rodents, and other pests can also invade the unit during the year. If plants, insects, or animals die inside the unit, they can prevent it from expelling heat from the home.
The indoor unit can also fail if it builds up with debris. The evaporator coil and condensate system inside the unit can produce a significant amount of water and/condensation during the summer months. The moist conditions can cause leaks to occur in the unit as well as algae and mold to grow inside it. Some cooling units automatically shut down if they build up with too much moisture or water.
Servicing both units today can help protect your entire cooling system from problems tomorrow.
How Do You Service Each Unit?
Each unit in your cooling system requires specific maintenance to function properly. The outdoor unit contains the most critical parts or components in your cooling system, including the motor and compressor fan. If you don't maintain each component properly, you could end up damaging your air conditioning system.
The best way to maintain each unit and its components properly is to call an HVAC contractor. A contractor can carefully remove the paneling from both units to access the components inside them. A technician can also test the components to see if pests, plants, and other things affected them. For example, rodents can gnaw on the electrical contacts and wires inside the outdoor unit. If a contractor doesn't repair or replace the contacts or wires right away, it can eventually disrupt power to both units.
If the components are in reasonably good condition and don't require repairs, a technician can go ahead and clean each unit individually. The cleaning may take a while, depending on how much debris each unit has inside it.
If you haven't serviced your outdoor or indoor unit in a long time, call local air conditioning maintenance services.