Your air conditioner works overtime during the summer months to keep you
and your home cool. Through filtration media or UV-light purification,
your central air conditioning and heating system can also help improve
your home’s indoor
air quality. Routinely maintaining your air conditioner is important. To make sure
your AC in Berkeley is running in tiptop shape, create a cleaning checklist.
And contact a professional plumber to perform an annual inspection in
A central AC system is made up of three main components: a condenser, a
circulating-fan unit, and a network of ducts. By performing a few simple
maintenance chores on each component, you can rest assure that you system
will be fully operational and working at its best.
Clear Debris from the Condenser
Your system’s condenser is located outside and is usually found next
to an exterior wall of your house or garage. Since condensers are vented
to allow airflow through the unit, they tend to attract and trap a lot
of debris, such as leaves, dirt, or bugs. After a season of continual
use, your unit may potentially be clogged. Before summer rolls around,
be sure to check your condenser. A good rinsing with a garden hose will
usually dislodge any debris. For tougher jobs, you can resort to chemical
cleaners. When in doubt, enlist the help of an HVAC specialist.
Your blower unit’s circulation fan is a hard worker, so you want
to make sure it is not being inhibited in any way. Air flows into this
unit through a filter, usually disposable, that traps particulate matter—dust,
allergens, viruses—from traveling through the system and ductwork.
Filter media tends to clog up quickly when airflow is constant, so check
your filters often. A good rule of thumb is to replace your disposable
filters once a month. If you neglect to swap out clogged filters, airflow
will become severely obstructed and you risk burning out your system’s
Check Your Ducts
Be careful not to obstruct airflow by placing furniture or other items
in front of your home’s wall vents. Routinely check within your
vents to see if any stray objects have made their way inside or if there
is mold growth. Check exposed ductwork in your basement or attic for damages,
such as seam tears or corrosion holes.
For more help with preparing your AC for the summer, contact
Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating or visit our website. We serve the Berkeley area with a variety of HVAC
services including furnace repair and installation, leak detection, and
other plumbing procedures. Give us a call at (510) 843-6904 if you would
like to learn more about us or want to schedule service today.