AC / Heating

AC / Heating

 

A well maintained AC system is a must for those of us living in South Florida, especially during the summer months. It is important to have a maintenance program in place.

 

It is recommended to have the system checked twice a year, winter and summer. A clean system runs more efficiently, which helps save you money and energy while extending the life of the unit. Also, doing a quick check of the equipment could lead to finding small problems that are cheap and easy to repair before the problems grow and requires more costly repairs or replacing the whole unit.

 

Drain lines should be cleaned and if there is a float switch, make sure it is working properly. If there is not a float switch, a homeowner might want to have one installed. If the drain line backs up, the float switch will turn the system off so it doesn’t flood the house.

 

 

Refrigerant levels should be checked. If the levels are not correct, the unit won’t run as efficiently.

 

Lubricating bearings and electronic components, cleaning the coils inside and outside to be free of dust, pet hair, algae and other substances, cleaning or replacing air filters and checking for leaks and unusual noise can all be a part of the preventative maintenance program. Following these simple bi-annual tips has several benefits: preventative maintenance is a bargain (cheaper than repair bills), easy, proactive (no unexpected downtime), and an efficient system saves energy and money.

 

Deal Killer Tip

The average life expectancy of well-maintained AC equipment is 10 to 12 years. Systems that have not been maintained properly have a life expectancy of 7 to 9 years. AC systems are expensive to replace and can cost from $3000 – $8000, depending on the size of the equipment and the efficiency rating.

 

Preventative AC Maintenance Tips

A well maintained AC system is a must for those of us living in South Florida, especially during the summer months. It is important to have a maintenance program in place.

 

It is recommended to have the system checked twice a year, winter and summer. A clean system runs more efficiently, which helps save you money and energy while extending the life of the unit. Also, doing a quick check of the equipment could lead to finding small problems that are cheap and easy to repair before the problems grow and requires more costly repairs or replacing the whole unit.

 

Drain lines should be cleaned and if there is a float switch, make sure it is working properly. If there is not a float switch, a homeowner might want to have one installed. If the drain line backs up, the float switch will turn the system off so it doesn’t flood the house.

 

Refrigerant levels should be checked. If the levels are not correct, the unit won’t run as efficiently. Lubricating bearings and electronic components, cleaning the coils inside and outside to be free of dust, pet hair, algae and other substances, cleaning or replacing air filters and checking for leaks and unusual noise can all be a part of the preventative maintenance program.

 

Following these simple bi-annual tips has several benefits: preventative maintenance is a bargain (cheaper than repair bills), easy, proactive (no unexpected downtime), and an efficient system saves energy and money.

 

Deal Killer Tip

 

AC problems

 

I find many AC systems of the homes I am inspecting at the end of their life expectancy: 10 – 12 yrs or older. Many systems are not maintained properly causing the air handler coils to require acid washing. In some instances, the air handler or condenser units have been replaced but the sizes do not match up with the other unit that was not replaced.