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Why Regular Air Conditioning Maintenance Increases Your Efficiency

Griffin Heating and AC - Thursday, September 17, 2015

Neglecting maintenance limits energy efficiency and the life of your air conditioner.

AC Maintenance

Whether you’re worried about dwindling natural resources, or simply want to save a few bucks on your energy bill, improving energy efficiency is a win-win for everyone. One of the major ways you can do this is by performing regular maintenance on major home appliances, like your air conditioner. Read on for a few tips on how to keep your air conditioner running like a champ.

Clean or Replace the Filter

When a filter gets dirty, it blocks the normal airflow to your system. A clogged filter will significantly reduce your unit’s efficiency and force it to work twice as hard to keep you cool. According to the Department of Energy, replacing a grimy filter can lower the energy use of your AC unit by 5% to 15%. Cha-ching!

Inspect the Coil Fins

Evaporator and condenser coils have small, fragile aluminum fins. These can accidentally become bent, blocking airflow through the coil. As we just discussed, blocked airflow means more strain on the unit and higher energy costs. You can purchase a “fin comb” to help straighten these back into their original position, restoring the open flow of air.

Clean Your Unit’s Drain

Passing a stiff wire through your unit’s drain channels will clear any blockages. A clogged drain channel prevents your unit from reducing the humidity in the room, and can lead to discolored walls, carpet, mold and mildew. Gross.

Check the Seal for Room Air Conditioners

If you don’t have central air, be sure and check the seal between the air conditioner and window frame. Over time, moisture and heat can damage the seal and cause it to disintegrate. You want to make sure there aren’t any gaps, and the seal is in full contact with the unit’s casing. If the seal is damaged, you’re allowing cool air to escape from your house. It’s kind of like throwing your pocket change out the window every day.

Winter. Is. Coming.

Game of Thrones jokes aside, you do need to make some preparations for your unit before the cooler months arrive. If your unit is portable, remove it from the window, clean it, cover it, and store it in safe, dry place. For outdoor units, you’ll also want to have it cleaned and covered. Covering it will help protect the unit from harsh winter weather and natural debris.

Hire a Professional

Now that you’ve read all the way down to the bottom, there is an easier way to improve your unit’s efficiency and save yourself time and money. Hire a professional to do all these things and more. Whether you schedule an individual appointment, or join a service club, having a professional come out and perform regular maintenance tasks ensures your warranty remains valid, and saves you the hassle of trying to find out where the heck you can buy a “fin comb”.

For those of you lucky enough to live near Statesville, North Carolina, the professional men and women of Griffin Heating & Air Conditioning are here for you. Put our 45 years of experience to good use: click this link or call us today at 704-872-0414 and we’ll help you improve your home’s energy efficiency, and keep that air conditioner blowing nice and cold.




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EMERGENCY REPAIR?

Call 70_4-873-1749

If it is an emergency service that you need, we are available to assist you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Service Agreements

Call 70_4-873-1749

Keep your comfort system running at peak performance

Includes:

  • -Two Performance Tune-ups Per Year
  • -Free 24 Hour Service, 365 Days a Year
  • -10% Off Replacement Parts
  • -Labor Warranty
  • -Energy Saving Coil Cleaning
  • -AND 10% Off Repair Labor
Learn more >>