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Identifying Air Conditioning Problems

Last summer, after carefully planning a family reunion for months, the worst thing in the world happened. My air conditioner died right in the middle of the night--when we had our entire family staying at our house. People were uncomfortable and grumpy because of the heat, and it was really embarrassing. Fortunately, we were able to get an HVAC contractor out to help us, and they did an awesome job fixing things fast. To prevent problems in the future, I decided that it would be smart to learn how to identify air conditioning problems. My website is all about finding the things that are wrong with your HVAC system and preventing issues.

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When the weather's cold, your thoughts are on keeping warm. However, winter is actually the perfect time to be thinking about your air conditioner. During the summer, service technicians can get backed up fast. That means if your air conditioner goes out during a heatwave, you could be waiting several days – at least – for a service call. Instead of waiting till summer to service your AC, do a thorough maintenance check while the weather is cold. That way, your AC will be all ready to go when the warm weather hits. Here are three steps that will get your air conditioner ready for summer.

Give the Blades a Thorough Cleaning

Take a look inside the housing of your air conditioning unit. You should see several blades. If you see a build-up of dirt or mud on the blades, you'll need to clean them before the warm weather hits. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the cover on the air conditioning unit. Carefully remove the cover. Use a garden hose to wash the blades.

If the rainy season has left mud caked on the blades, you can use a bucket of soapy water to give them a thorough cleaning. Simply fill a bucket with warm water and a cup of grease-cutting dish detergent. Use a scrub brush dipped in sudsy water to clean each of the blades. Rinse them with your garden hose. Replace the cover on your AC.

Check All the Wiring

Your air conditioner is exposed to the elements all year long. Over time, that exposure can damage the wiring. It can also be chewed on by rodents that are nesting inside your AC. Take a look at the wiring that runs from the air conditioning unit to your home. Look for areas that might have cracked or that have been damaged by chewing. If you see signs of damaged wiring, don't try to repair the problem yourself. Instead, contact a service technician as soon as possible.

Don't Forget the Filter

Your filter is the first line of defense for your air conditioner. It keeps dirt, dust and other contaminants from clogging up the ducts. Your filter also keeps your AC run properly by keeping dirt particles out of the motor. If you run your AC with a dirty filter, it's going have to work harder to cool your house. If that happens, your unit could overheat, causing motor damage. It's a good idea to change the filter once every three months – or each time the season changes.

As soon as the weather gets warm, you're going to want to turn your air conditioner on. Beat the summertime rush by starting the maintenance in the winter. Use the information provided above to get your AC ready for the warm weather. For assistance, talk to a professional like Reardon Refrigeration.