Your Atlanta air conditioning system provides such comfort on blistering days, it seems it was a gift. If it is broken, however, it can be very frustrating.
With proper care and maintenance, a central air conditioner should last for a decade or two. Sometimes, however, people can do simple things which, in retrospect, should have obviously been avoided.
- Don’t block the air intake–air is vital to the process, so laying anything over the unit (a towel or clothes to dry) will significantly strain the motor. Always make sure there is enough clearance.
- Don’t block the vents–likewise in a home, it is easy to move a sofa or lay an area rug over a grate in the floor or cover an unsightly vent in the wall with a pretty painting.
- Don’t just set a unit in the window and trust the sash to hold it in place–make sure it is fastened properly according to the directions;
- Don’t think it will run forever without cleaning the fins, vents and changing the filter at least once a heating season;
- Don’t leave the units exposed in winter–always cover when not in use for long periods of time;
- Don’t bury the condensate drain in the ground–in central units it is vital that the drain is left with a clear flow away from the house;
- Don’t install the central unit on the ground–there are pre-made pads or mix up a little concrete and have the satisfaction of pouring a nice little pad yourself (and you can write your name in it too).
- Don’t steam clean or use hot water to clean the fins–damage and corrosion can easily be caused by the heat; flush with warm water or spray.
- Don’t overload the system with refrigerant– a task performed by a Atlanta AC professional, but a problem you should be aware of.
- Don’t remove the overload relay to force continuous running–VERY dangerous and a guarantee of damage.
Air conditioners–especially the ones fitting in windows–are pretty much “plug and go” appliances, but a little attention goes a long way to ensure years of comfort. For more information on how to keep your AC in peak condition, give Cool Air Mechanical a call!