With a remarkably cold winter having hit Northern Texas in recent months, residents of Dallas and Fort Worth eagerly anticipate warmer climates and sunny days. As weather reports predict a mildly warm spring, homeowners can start using their air conditioners again.
While it’s always best to tackle AC repair issues early, the best way to address the situation is to avoid problems, in the first place. This can be achieved through basic preventive maintenance. Basic maintenance can greatly reduce the risk of future repairs (and expenses) and can help increase the efficiency of your AC unit.
Of course, as with any procedure that involves your HVAC system, it’s always best to consult with experts first. However, these steps are easy to do and can be done with minimal supervision from a licensed technician. Here are some ways to prepare your air-conditioner unit for the spring season.
Clean Out the Filters
Springtime is allergy season, which means that the air will be thick with both dust and pollen. Regularly clean out air conditioner filters to avoid any build-up of debris.
Keeping your filters clean and clear of all foreign material helps your AC function better. This is because your AC unit will have an easier time drawing in air, decreasing the strain that the fan blades go through. By reducing the strain, the AC operates more efficiently, lowering energy costs as well.
Replace the Pipes
The various pipes in an AC unit serve different purposes and should all be checked annually. One of the pipes to check during spring is the suction line. The suction line brings refrigerant to the compressor, and is susceptible to damaged insulation, particularly from freezing water or sun rot.
When spring rolls around and brings warmer temperatures, trapped water in the insulation foam starts to melt, which could lead to rot. Inspect the larger suction line for any damage and replace immediately.
Check Refrigerant Levels
For this step, it’s best to seek the help of a licensed technician, as checking refrigerant levels can require specialized devices. However, checking how much refrigerant an AC unit has is part of any maintenance procedure, particularly during spring. Chances are a homeowner barely used, if not at all, their AC unit during the winter, so their refrigerant levels during spring should be good – but it’s always best to double-check.
Low refrigerant levels could be a sign of a leak. In which case, ask the technician to help locate the leak. Compressor burn-out is a common sign of low refrigerant levels, which could lead to costly future repairs.
If the technician advises a refill of your refrigerant, ask them to use chlorine-free R-410A refrigerant, or Puron, as this is friendlier to the environment.
Diligent preventive maintenance can help you save money on future costly repairs. It is also a great way to ensure that your AC unit is operating at maximum efficiency. However, for a more comprehensive assessment, always ask expert HVAC technicians for help. In Dallas and Fort Worth, that means calling Cowboy Services AC & Heating. With over 25 years of experience, Cowboy Services has been providing residents of Fort Worth and Dallas with quality HVAC services at friendly prices. Contact us today to learn more about our offerings.