How to Care for Your AC System
Like any other component of your home, an AC system will need regular maintenance to remain in good working condition. If you don’t feel comfortable performing some or all air conditioning maintenance tasks, feel free to call a professional for help.
Change the Air Filter Every 90 Days
Most air filters have a useful life of about three months, and a filter’s actual useful life may depend on the environment it’s exposed to. If you live in an area such as Bakersfield or its neighboring communities, dust or pollen is prevalent. In this situation, you may want to consider changing the filter more often. At a minimum, be sure to replace it prior to the spring season and again at some point during the fall. A professional from Big Builder’s Inc. can inspect your air conditioning unit and replace the air filter if necessary.
Keep the Condenser Unit Free From Debris
There is little chance that large items such as tree branches will be able to get into the condenser unit. However, it is possible for leaves, rodents, and other smaller objects to get inside of it. Therefore, it is important to keep the area around the condenser as clean as possible. It may be possible to have it cleaned out during an annual service call.
Check Condenser Lines and Fluid Levels
Air conditioners will not work properly without an adequate level of cooling agent that is allowed to flow freely through the condenser lines. It is important to check both the lines themselves and the amount of refrigerant that is in the condenser unit. If you notice any puddles or leaks near the unit, it could indicate that the line is frozen or otherwise damaged.
If you need help taking care of your AC system, give the team at Big Builders Inc. in Bakersfield a call today. We can also help repair or maintain roofs, windows, and doors to ensure that your home is safe and comfortable to live in. We’ll strive to answer all of your heating and cooling questions.