Last updated: Sep 26th 2016
There is no doubt that you live in one of the most beautiful and enjoyable cities in the world.
Yes, Miami is a great place to live and one of the things that make it great is the year round warm weather that you enjoy every year.
But, like the old saying goes, all beauty has its price.
Unlike you, your air conditioner units don’t enjoy Miami as much. The weather is so hot down here that your AC units often work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you can stay cool.
The worst part is that there is no scape out of this. If you don’t believe this, try turning on your air conditioner for a day in the middle of June and let us know how it feels.
As a result of the extended use, you need to perform regular system maintenance to your units in order to keep them functioning properly.
If you don’t stay on top of the regular maintenance your air conditioning system requires you will begin to the side effects.
These include, higher energy consumption, poor air quality, faulty and noisy systems and ultimately the death of your system (which can be costly to replace).
Staying on top of your air conditioner maintenance will save you a lot of money and it will greatly extend the life and enjoyment of your system.
Here are some basic maintenance tasks you should perform in your air conditioning system on a regular basis:
It’s incredible to see how many home owners neglect this very important yet simple step. The recommended time frame for filter replacement is 60 days.
But this can vary depending on your home and other factors. In general, you want to keep an eye on your filter and change it when it looks dirty.
I am often asked what’s the most important thing a home owner should do for their air conditioner system and my answer is always the same, change your filter.
AC Evaporator Coil Cleaning – Second on the list is your evaporator coils. Your system coils build up dirt and debris over time, which is why it’s so important to clean and flush your coils at least once a year.
What happens is that if you do not clean your coils on a regular basis, debris and dirt continue to build up day after day. Eventually this dirt buildup blocks your air flow and interrupts the performance of your system.
Coil cleanup should be done by a professional air conditioner repair and maintenance company because in most cases, it requires the cutting and welding of some piping.
Air Condenser Unit Maintenance – The air condenser is the big square sitting on your backyard or roof. This unit is essential to the function of your air conditioning system and proper maintenance is essential.
Since it often sits on yards and other exposed areas, it is important to stay on top of your condenser unit. Keep trees and other objects away from it.
One of the most common repair calls that we get is for broken or damaged condenser units and it’s often due to a lack of maintenance.
Make sure you add this unit to your maintenance routine so your ac system doesn’t miss a beat.
Clean Your Drain Channels – Just like the word suggests, your drain channels help remove condensation out of your air conditioning unit. The problem is that in south Florida, our condensation levels are a little higher than normal due to the heat and humidity levels. This means that out drain channels are very busy.
With time, these channels begin to build up dirt and algae which is why it’s so important to clean them on a regular basis.
A clogged drain channel can cause serious problems with your air conditioner. You system can freeze or shut down and your system can get backed up. This can result in additional repair expenses.
These were some very basic parts of your maintenance program by they are all very important. Stay on top of your Air conditioner unit and your energy and repair bills will be much lower.
If you ever need advice or professional service in the Miami or South Florida area, give us a call at (305) 515-8662 and we will gladly help.