10 Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips for Flagstaff and Camp Verde Homeowners

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Get Your Flagstaff or Camp Verde Home Ready for Summer

Summers in Flagstaff and Camp Verde are hot and dry. With temperatures reaching as high as 90 degrees Fahrenheit, it's important for homeowners to make sure their air conditioning systems are up to the task of cooling their homes. At Aire Serv of North Central Arizona, we specialize in air conditioning maintenance and repairs, so you can rest assured that you'll stay cool and comfortable all summer long.

While more extensive services will require professional assistance, there are simple maintenance items that you can do yourself to keep your air conditioner in good condition for years to come. With these ten tips from Aire Serv®, you won't have to sweat your way through those hot July days. 

1. Clean or Change the Air Filters

Keeping your HVAC system's air filters clean and replacing them if necessary is one of the most simple but effective maintenance tasks that most homeowners can complete on their own. Over time, air filters collect dust and other debris. They can be cleaned with water and a gentle cleaning solution and should be replaced every three to six months depending on their usage.

2. Inspect the Evaporator Coils

Inspect your air conditioner's evaporator coils annually for signs of dirt build-up or corrosion, as this can cause poor performance and higher energy bills. While a simple visual inspection of the unit is easy for most homeowners, a thorough cleaning of the evaporator coils is best left to a professional. 

3. Check Refrigerant Levels

The refrigerant is the liquid that changes from a liquid to a gas and then back again in order to cool air as it passes through your air conditioner. Have a professional check your refrigerant level each year to ensure it is at the correct level for optimal cooling power and efficiency.

4. Keep Your Condenser Clean

Your condenser is the outdoor unit of your HVAC system that looks like a big fan. Clean any debris from around the condenser unit, such as leaves or grass clippings, to allow adequate airflow through the unit's fan blades and fins in order to keep it working properly.

5. Inspect Ductwork

A simple visual inspection of your home's ductwork can help you detect any major issues. If you can safely access the attic or basement of your home, check that all ducts are securely attached so that cold air will be delivered efficiently throughout your home instead of leaking. If you notice any major cracks or damage, you should have it repaired to ensure that your air conditioner is operating with maximum efficiency.

6. Check Your Thermostat

Make sure your thermostat is working correctly by testing both heating and cooling settings in order to have precise control over temperatures inside the house. If your thermostat isn't working properly, it could be due to low battery levels, improper calibration, or be an indication of another problem with your Flagstaff or Camp Verde air conditioner.

7. Inspect Electrical Wiring

Have a technician inspect electrical wiring connections within your AC system regularly for loose terminals or exposed wires which could lead to fires or other malfunctions if not attended to promptly. Faulty wiring poses several risks, such as electrocution and fire hazards, so you should never attempt to fix any electrical issues on your own.

8. Ensure Proper Insulation

Check insulation levels in areas surrounding ductwork with high concentration of cold air escape, such as basement ceilings and attics. Keeping your home properly insulated allows your HVAC system to operate at peak efficiency by keeping heat out during the summer months.

9. Keep the Drain Line Clean

The condensate drain line allows condensation, sediments, and other debris from your air conditioner to flow freely out of the system. Check the condensate drain line to ensure it is clean and free of blockages so that water will be drained properly from your air conditioner. This will help you avoid leaks and potential water damage.

10. Schedule Regular Maintenance

Schedule annual maintenance visits with an experienced HVAC technician from Aire Serv of North Central Arizona to ensure all aspects of your HVAC system are in good working order. Our technicians can perform a detailed inspection of your Flagstaff or Camp Verde air conditioner and ensure that every part is operating smoothly, keeping you cool and comfortable all summer long.

Flagstaff and Camp Verde Air Conditioner Maintenance and Repairs

These 10 simple steps can help keep your air conditioning functioning at peak performance levels for many years to come. However, even the most attentive homeowners sometimes need professional assistance. Aire Serv of North Central Arizona is committed to providing honest prices and quality service, so you can rest assured that your home will stay cool this summer. If your unit suddenly breaks down, you can count on our team for 24/7 air conditioner repairs

Contact us online or call today to learn more about our air conditioning maintenance services in Flagstaff, Camp Verde, and the surrounding areas.