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Reno Air Conditioning Service Tips for Homeowners

When you live in a warm climate like Reno, air conditioning is a must. If you own an air conditioner, it’s all to easy to take your cool and refreshing indoor environment for granted. However, air conditioners, like any other machine, require occasional maintenance in order to prevent breakdowns and major repairs. The good news is that proper maintenance is easy to do and can double the lifespan of your HVAC system. Preventative air conditioner maintenance can also save homeowners money on their utility bills. For example, AC units that operate at peak performance can cut your energy costs by as much as 25%.

However, the consequences of neglecting Reno air conditioner service are serious. For example, a dirty, non-maintained unit must work 20% harder to cool your home. The air quality in your home also suffers when your air conditioner is ignored, which can aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms. Homeowners who want to save money and avoid air conditioner failures should familiarize themselves with these simple Reno air conditioning service tips. Don’t forget to turn off and disconnect power to your air conditioner before you tinker with it!

Easy Reno Air Conditioning Service Tips:

  • Change your air filters once a month If you only do one thing to maintain your air conditioner, it should be this: change your air filters! Replacing dirty, clogged filters can lower your AC’s energy consumption by 5-15%. On the other hand, neglecting to change your air filters will put stress on your air conditioner and may even cause it to fail. Reno is a dusty environment, which makes changing your air filters that much more important. Change your air filters once a month to ensure that the air inside your home is clean and your air conditioner is intaking the air it needs to operate.

  • Check the inflow Uninhibited air intake is vital for preserving the life of your air conditioner. Keeping your air filter clean will ensure that the indoor unit is able to intake air properly. However, the outdoor unit should also be checked to ensure that no debris is blocking the fan. Trim back any bushes, trees, or objects that are blocking your outdoor air conditioner unit.

  • Check the evaporator coil A dirty evaporator coil decreases airflow and makes it harder for your air conditioner to remove humidity from the air. A dirty evaporator coil will decrease the efficiency of your air conditioner and can cause breakdowns if not addressed. The evaporator coil is located near the top of your indoor air conditioning unit. Remove the evaporator coil access panel to view the coils. If you notice any dirt and mold, use a foaming no-rinse coil cleaner to spray down the coils and wipe them clean with a soft brush.

  • Inspect drain Your air conditioner relies on a condensate drain to drain to properly dispose of the condensation created by rapidly cooling air. The condensate drain is located near your indoor air handler. Water damage will occur if your condensate drain is clogged, which can happen over time. Visually inspect the drain for clogs. If you notice that the drain is partially clogged, drop in a couple of slime preventing tablets to prevent further build-up.

  • Annual air conditioner tune-up Scheduling an annual air conditioner tune-up with an HVAC professional is the best way to prevent expensive repairs and ensure that your air conditioner is running at peak efficiency. In fact, annual maintenance can keep your air conditioner running at 95% of its original efficiency. When you schedule an air conditioning Reno tune-up, a certified HVAC technician will:

  • Clean the condenser coils

  • Evaluate the coolant level and add more if necessary

  • Calibrate your thermostat

  • Inspect your duct work

  • Inspect the air filter and replace it if necessary

  • Tighten electrical connections

  • Evaluate the performance of the blower motor

  • Check the condition of the blower belt

  • Inspect the compressor and motor

Air conditioning maintenance is necessary for avoiding breakdowns and extending the life of your air conditioner. Reno air conditioning service can also help homeowners save money and prevent indoor air pollution. To schedule a tune-up, or for more information about our Reno air conditioning services, contact the HVAC professionals at Paul’s. Call us at 775-312-3030 or schedule a service here!