Prevent AC Breakdown by just looking, listening and cleaning
You can help prevent your air conditioning from breaking down and reduce repairs with some very simple, basic tasks you can easily undertake with your cooling system.
It should be noted we do not recommend taking anything apart or sticking your hand in it unless you are qualified. Leave that stuff up to the professionals.
Steps You Can Take
- Cleanliness is the #1 problem. Keep it clean!
Inspect your AC for dust, dirt and tree fluff build up
Ensure furnace air filters, AC condenser (outside), AC evaporator (inside on top of furnace), secondary heat exchanger of furnace and dirty motors are kept clean
- Listen for unusual noises, bearing squealing / grinding noise or vibration
- Look at motors and see if oil is leaking out of them. Most new motors are non grease-able and if they are leaking its just a matter of time before seize up
- Inspect for water leaks. High-efficient furnaces produce water and if water is present anywhere other than the drain, you need to get it to stop. Water can leak from the AC evaporator coil into the furnace causing damage
The above steps are a quick way to monitor any potential problems that may need to be addressed.