If we lived someplace colder, we would tell you to have your air conditioner maintained before you turn it on for the season. However, we live in sunny, humid, hot Spring, TX. Unlike other places, we do not really have an air conditioner season. Very few people we know turn off their air conditioners for a substantial part of the winter. Therefore, the advice to have it maintained at the beginning of the season does not mean much, here. However, we do have times of the year when the demand on our air conditioner is lower. We suggest having maintenance done during those lower demand periods from November through March to ensure your AC is ready for really high temperatures. Of course, we can do maintenance calls in the Spring, TX area year-round.
That is a great question. You should have your air conditioner maintained at least once a year. However, you may need to perform some, if not all, maintenance tasks more frequently. For example, changing or cleaning your filters is part of regular maintenance, but most homes in Spring, TX will need that more than once a year. While you may need to perform some of those steps between maintenance calls, a yearly maintenance call should be sufficient for normal usage on most systems.
In a Spring, TX AC maintenance call, we do two things. First, we inspect the entire system. We look for any broken parts or wear. If we notice them, we recommend repair or replacement of those parts. Second, we perform regular maintenance. This includes replacing or cleaning filters, coils, and fins. We may also check your coolant levels to test for leaks and inspect your ducts to ensure they have no leaks or damage. While we are running our maintenance check, we will also check the belts, the thermostat, the cooling system, the electric terminals, and the airflow.
Air conditioner filters come in two types: replaceable and reusable. Your AC needs a clean filter to operate as intended. Clean filters can increase your system’s efficiency by up to 15%. More importantly, clogged filters can keep your system from cooling. That means that you either need to replace or clean your filter, depending on what type you have, every time it gets dirty. How often is that? Well, that depends on your Spring, TX household. Dust, dirt, and pet hair can all clog your filter. If you live alone in a well-insulated house and do not track in a lot of dirt, you probably need to replace your filters every couple of months. If you live in a house with pets and kids, you may need to clean your filters as often as once-a-month or more. Some HVAC systems have warning lights on their thermostats that will tell you when to change your filters. Not sure if your system has one? We can give you that information after looking at your system.
Your air conditioner has two sets of coils: evaporator coils and condenser coils. For most central AC units, the evaporator coils are located inside, usually in the attic. The condenser coils are outside in the main AC unit. Both of these types of coils can get dirty.
Cleaning your inside evaporator coils can be tricky. HVAC technicians in Spring, TX can use tools and chemicals to get them clean, but they can be hazardous in inexperienced hands. The good news is that evaporator coils are protected from most dust, dirt, and grime by your air conditioner filters. As long as you maintain your filters, yearly maintenance should be enough to keep your evaporator coils clean.
Your outdoor condenser coils might be a different story. They can collect dirt, grime, leaves, pieces of grass, and other debris. Fortunately, they are easy to clean using high pressure water from a regular garden hose.
Air conditioners remove humidity from air as they cool. If you go into your attic and look at your AC, you will notice a drip pan underneath it. The pan will have a drain in it that taps into another drain line in your home. It may also have an overflow drain that goes directly out of a hole in your house. In a properly working AC unit, all of the water will drain through the condensate drain; the overflow drain is strictly there for emergencies. If it stops draining, you have the potential for a flood or for a system to shut off if it has a water sensor. Cleaning those drains is part of regular maintenance. A clogged drain can also be a reason for an emergency AC repair call in Spring, TX, if temps are hot enough. If you have an overflow drain on your system and notice any liquid coming from it, that is a sign that you need to clean your condensate drain.
Both your evaporator coils and your condenser coils have thin pieces of aluminum arranged in a pattern that looks like a metal filter or grill. Those are known as fins. These fins can get bent, which blocks airflow. During a regular Spring, TX maintenance call, we inspect the fins. If they are bent, we use a fin comb to straighten them.
Has it been a while since your last maintenance call? Schedule maintenance in Spring, TX with us today. You can also select one of our maintenance packages, and we will handle scheduling maintenance calls when you need them.