Malfunctioning air conditioners mean bad news in late summer when Texas temperatures are still high. While some air conditioner problems come as unwelcome surprises, you can prevent most of them and save your hard-earned money at the same time. Here’s how preventative maintenance can help Conroe homeowners save on HVAC costs this summer.
Confirm Thermostat Settings
During a scheduled preventative maintenance visit, one of the first things a technician will do is check your programmable thermostat settings and confirm that they meet your home’s energy needs. Your thermostat should be set to cool only when your family is home, since running at any other time just wastes energy. The technician can walk you through the optimal settings to help you save energy and money.
Clean Condenser Coils
When dirt and debris build-up on your air conditioner’s condenser coils, the entire system has to work harder to cool your home. This can lead to unnecessary wear and tear, which means you may face an expensive air conditioner replacement. As part of your air conditioner preventative maintenance package, the technician will clean the condenser coils to ensure your system works more effectively.
Check Refrigerant Levels
Over the course of several months of heavy use, your air conditioner’s refrigerant levels can fluctuate. Refrigerant levels that are too high or too low negatively affect the system’s ability to perform efficiently. During regular preventative maintenance, the technician will check the levels to make sure your air conditioner runs efficiently, which saves you money on utility bills.
Inspect Condensate Drain
Finally, the technician will inspect your condensate drain for clogs or backup. A clogged condensate drain can contribute to high indoor humidity levels, which forces your air conditioner to work harder to keep you comfortable. Since an overworked HVAC system only costs you energy and money, flushing the condensate drain is an important item to complete on your preventative maintenance checklist.