How to Ensure Your AC is in Good Working Condition During Winter

An air con on the wallYou may not be aware of it, but the cold season can have an effect on your air conditioning unit’s efficiency. So before your AC takes a beating from the icy weather, it is best to do some maintenance and inspection.

Home Comfort Experts noted that a preventive service from a St. Joseph heating and cooling specialist could help check your AC’s condition and ensure its efficiency during the colder months. Before you make that call, however, here’s a quick list of what you can do to improve your unit’s performance:

Check the Filter

Dirt can accumulate in the filter and cause blockage to the normal airflow in the system. When left unattended, clogged filters will put a strain on your system and lead to costly repairs. Avoid this by cleaning the filter on a monthly basis. You should also replace it if necessary.

Check the Coils

Over time, the condenser and evaporator coils will pick up dirt and reduce their ability to absorb heat. Even though the air filter is meant to keep the AC coils clean, it’s still inevitable for dirt and dust to build up. Remember to clean the AC coils at least once a year to maintain normal airflow.

Check for Strange Noises

Before covering the unit up for the winter, be sure that it’s not emitting strange noises. If you hear a loud buzzing, clanking, or banging, do not ignore it. You might need to tune up your unit or replace it altogether.

Regular maintenance will do a great deal in extending your air conditioning unit’s life one season after another. Let a professional technician check it at least once a year. A routine check will ensure that your unit is energy-efficient and at its peak performance during the winter season. A preventive maintenance will also identify potential problems on your unit and let you do something about them before they turn into costly headaches.