We at Central Works are experts in helping our community keep their cooling and heating units running their best. One of the main reasons we see breakdowns and premature failures is a lack of maintenance. To help you prevent this, we have created this guide to air conditioning maintenance for Baton Rouge.
1. What Are The Benefits of AC Maintenance?
Air conditioners and all types of cooling and heating units are complex pieces of equipment. They need regular maintenance in order to run their best. This maintenance improves energy efficiency, which saves you money on your power bills. Additionally, regular AC maintenance helps avoid unnecessary repair. Another benefit is that your technician may discover an impending breakdown before it happens. Finally, professional air conditioner maintenance helps extend the overall lifespan of your unit. In short, maintenance is well worth the cost.
2. What Kind of DIY AC Maintenance Can I Do?
One of the easiest AC maintenance tasks to perform is to regularly change the air filter or filters. Here in Baton Rouge, we often use heat pumps. They generally take only one large filter as seen in the above image. Most cooling units recommend you change the air filter every six months. We recommend regularly checking your air filter, especially during high usage times such as in the middle of the summer. The filter should not be covered in filth to allow proper air flow. Purchase a high quality filter, change it, and make a note to change it again on your calendar.
Did you know? Changing an old filter with a new one regularly can lower your air conditioner’s energy use by anywhere from 5% up to 15%? Source: U.S. Department of Energy.
3. What Else is Included in AC Maintenance?
Different systems require different maintenance. However, most AC maintenance includes:
- Refrigerant check and fill.
- Leak detection and repair.
- Inspection of major components such as compressor, condenser, and more.
- Check and testing of electrical components.
- Drainage testing and repair.
- Testing and repair of thermostat.
- Other diagnosing and testing tasks.
Get Air Conditioning Maintenance in Baton Rouge
We at Central Works HVAC do not recommend performing all AC maintenance tasks on your own. It can be highly technical work that involves complex electrical and HVAC equipment. Self maintenance can also void the warranty of the unit. Contact us today if you live in Baton Rouge or surrounding areas to get a free, no-obligation quote on your AC maintenance, repair, installation, or other HVAC service.