While it takes a professional to really get an air conditioning unit working at its best, homeowners can take some steps to ensure that their units will have a long wear life. Proper maintenance not only prolongs the life of an air conditioning unit, but also lowers energy bills, which translate to better savings.
One of the most frequently asked questions concerning air conditioning units is how often to recharge the unit with Freon. Basically, one does not really need to refill an air conditioning unit with Freon on a regular basis. The refrigerant is not consumed by the unit so a decrease in the level of Freon in the unit means a leak that needs to be taken care of immediately.
If this problem manifests itself, it is recommended that one should contact a certified air conditioning technician from his or her locality. These professionals know the fastest way to discover the leak and how to deal with it since they are well-equipped for it.
As an air conditioning unit owner, one must take it upon himself to check the unit every once in a while. For example, if the unit has an outdoor condensing unit, it is necessary to keep the area around it clean of weeds. Leaves could be sucked in and that's not good for overall efficiency. For the annual check-up though, it is best to have a certified technician do the job.
As mentioned above, checking the Freon level is a must for any kind of check-up. Apart from that, it is also recommended that one also check all electrical components and controls. Any sign of wear and tear on any wires or hoses should be handled immediately. If one is well versed with electrical works, it is easier to repair it outright than wait for it to cause a major problem in the future.
One should also check if the air conditioning unit's motor needs oiling. A well lubricated motor will work more efficiently than one which is not. This will help in reducing the power consumption of the unit. If the owner is not sure how to oil the motor, it is best that the task should be differed to companies handling repair of units. Checking the filter is also another way to ensure that the unit is not hampered with dirt which greatly cuts its efficiency.
Keeping an air conditioning unit working properly and efficiently must be done through regular check-ups. While there are professionals who can do that, homeowners can do most preventative things to keep their air conditioning units working efficiently on their own.
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Article Added on Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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