In general, you don’t have to know much about the various components of your AC system. But from time to time, we like to inform homeowners about the inner workings of their air conditioners so that they can learn about the best ways to properly care for their system. Today, we’ve put together a quick guide to the indoor and outdoor coils of your AC system, and what can go wrong with them.
Air On Demand Blog: Archive for June, 2015
During any air conditioning service, most air conditioning technicians dutifully remind homeowners to change air filters every one to three months or so. Some air filters are reusable, in which case you should follow manufacturer’s instructions for washing. In either case, this is an important part of owning an AC system, and your technician is not just reminding you for your health.
There are a lot of mechanical and electrical parts to an air conditioner that all work together to keep you cool. Protecting some of these parts with annual air conditioning maintenance may help to keep the system around for longer, prevent repairs, and keep the whole system performing better and more efficiently. Unfortunately, one area of the AC is too often neglected: the ducts.
When your air conditioner breaks down on a hot summer day, you probably pick up the phone within minutes to talk to an air conditioning technician. But when the issue is not so severe, you may decide to wait until the problem becomes more troublesome. We’ve created this guide as a way to advise strongly against this practice, which can lead to a number of issues for your AC and for your wallet.
Picking up an air filter for your HVAC system is as easy as going to your local hardware store and grabbing the one that fits your unit—right? Not if you want quality filtration for your indoor air quality. As it turns out, air conditioning and heating filters were not originally designed to improve our health. In reality, a filter’s first function is to keep debris out of the HVAC system. Imagine if a large piece of debris jammed a motor. This would result in a costly repair, which is why a filter first and foremost protects the unit.