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Air Conditioner Maintenance FAQs

Air Conditioner Maintenance FAQs

It’s not necessary unless you’re concerned a chunk of ice should fall on it and damage the motor. If so, put a board, like a thick piece of plywood across and anchor it with rocks/cinder blocks, etc. 

At ProSolutions Inc., we think it is better to not protect it all round with a tarp/cover as you may get insects and mice showing up as residents. Or moisture may get in during the winter causing corrosion.

Blowing snow and rain will not cause problems for your outside unit when you are properly maintaining it throughout the year.

Cleaning condensing unit - The Do's and Don'ts.

Cleaning condensing unit - The Do's and Don'ts.

Cleaning a condensing unit can be an important part of maintaining the longevity of your condensing unit. Should you use a pressure washer or liquid cleaner though? The short answer is NO! Do not use a power washer. You may damage fins or other parts of the condensing unit. Use a garden hose and spray into the coil to remove all the dust and other stuff that gets onto the coil over the season. As for liquid cleaners, most of them contain corrosive agents and you don’t want to damage the coil or any other parts of the unit with which it comes in contact.

If you're thinking about cleaning a condensing unit. A certified AC repair contractor will have specialized cleaners in cases where the coil needs to be thoroughly cleaned. 

Air conditioner parts - Which parts break down if it's not maintained?

Air conditioner parts - Which parts break down if it's not maintained?

Air conditioner parts break down over time. However, an improperly maintained central air conditioning system will put pressure on every part of that system. A dirty filter that hasn’t been replaced, fans that are not cleaned, leaking refrigerant, exposed wires in the electrical box, ice build up on coils. These put pressure on the capacitors, sensors that track heat levels and thermostat readings and generally weaken the unit so it does not run efficiently and any part can break down.

How do I protect my AC unit against mother nature?

How do I protect my AC unit against mother nature?

The Edmonton area has a substantial mice population and they can get into that outside condenser unit to build their nests. You’ll also find leaves and other debris, including small branches. It’s smart to clean them all away.

You should also visually inspect your unit regularly, even a quick glance as you walk by it is good practice. Chances are, you will notice something that seems out of the ordinary before it becomes a real problem if you do this.

AC unit suction line is losing bits of its cover. Do I need to do anything?

AC unit suction line is losing bits of its cover. Do I need to do anything?

The AC unit suction line needs protection from outside air otherwise condensation will occur with water dripping on the floor or ground. It also means that refrigerant gas can warm up before it reaches the compressor. Make sure the line is covered with insulation to protect it and maximize the efficiency of your AC unit.

Furnace filter replacement - Do I need to change it as often when using the AC?

Furnace filter replacement - Do I need to change it as often when using the AC?

Furnace filter replacement is important if you're using your AC. Maybe not as frequently as in winter when monthly changes are best. But check the filter regularly to see that it is functioning properly, and replace when necessary.

If you run your AC during the spring or fall, you will want to check your filter more often since this time of year has more allergens and particulates in the air that can cause you to become sick.

Air circulation issues. Some rooms are cold, some warm. Why is that?

Air circulation issues. Some rooms are cold, some warm. Why is that?

Air circulation issues in your home? If you are experiencing this, check the vents in those warmer rooms. Vents bringing hot or cool air into the house winter/summer accumulate dust, pet dander whatever, and should be vacuumed on a regular basis to ensure good air flow. At the same time make sure that your return air vents are not blocked by furniture or other items pushed up against them.

Can I close off vents in rooms that I don’t use?

Can I close off vents in rooms that I don’t use?

Experts like ProSolutions will tell you that it’s best to have at least two-thirds of your vents left open for best operation of your AC system. It is far harder to cool down a house versus. keeping it at a constant temperature. 

Do I need to be concerned about my thermostat?

Do I need to be concerned about my thermostat?

We recommend a smart thermostat when your home comfort system has both a AC and Furnace unit. In addition to improved comfort settings, many smart thermostats are able to alet you of troubles like “Too Hot” or “Too Cold” warnings - some can even report directly to your phone!

If it’s battery-operated, check the batteries and replace them as necessary. Otherwise, if you have a problem, call one of our experts at ProSolutions.

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