Maintaining A Central Air Conditioner

Over the years there will be times when professional AC repair in Morton Grove becomes necessary. With a little DIY prowess and a set routine maintenance schedule the average homeowner should be able to increase the time between professional visits.

The majority of homes in the US that have been built in the last 30 years have central air conditioning. This central unit works in cooperation with the furnace so it makes a lot of sense to deal with any maintenance issues on either function simultaneously.

There are two basic components in a central air conditioning system; the condenser which sits outside the house and the evaporator which is located in the plenum of the furnace. These two major components are interconnected by pipes which transfer the refrigerant. It does not matter if the system is producing cool air or heat; the ducting system is used to distribute the conditioned air throughout the space. When it is the air conditioning that is running the warm air in the various rooms throughout the house is drawn back to the central unit via the return air ducts. The warm air moves across the evaporator coil in the plenum and sent back through the ducts.

Other than for routine cleaning or replacing of the filter a professional in AC repair in Morton Grove should be brought it. The main components, the compressor and the evaporator are sealed units and should not be opened for repair or service by anyone other than a skilled and knowledgeable technician. It is always recommended that a pro be called in annually to adjust the central AC at the beginning of the cooling season, do not think however that this annual call is all there is to it.

The condenser, as it is located outside the home is prone to a buildup of debris, grass cuttings, weeds and the likes. It is important that the condenser is kept free and clear of all these foreign elements and that the coil is kept clean. To clean the condenser coil some units require the removal of the protective screen. Do not try to clean the coils with water from the garden hose, as the fins of the coil are very close together there is a good chance that all you will do is turn the dust to mud. To clean the coil use a coil cleaner is a commercially available tool.

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