Is your air conditioning not functioning as well as it used to? Do you noticed decreased airflow? If so, you might need to call an HVAC service professional. However, before you call in the pros, you can run a few checks yourself. These simple tasks might fix your problem so you won't even need to hire a professional to service your system. These simple tasks might even make your air conditioner more efficient, so they might be worth doing no matter what condition your system is in.
Cleaning the Condenser Coils
The condenser coils are the coils that line the outside of any air conditioning unit. They condense the air that the unit sucks in and eventually turns into the air that blows into your home. If the condenser coils are dirty, the entire unit will not work as well as it should. Luckily, cleaning the condenser coils is one of the easiest and most effective ways to make your air conditioner more effective. First, it is very important that you unplug the power to your unit. Then, simply spray down the condenser coils with a strong stream. It is perfectly okay to get your air conditioner wet, as long as it is unplugged and powered off. Cleaning your condenser coils probable won't affect the airflow of your AC, but it should result in cooler air.
Changing the Filter
The next thing you should do to make your air conditioner more effective is clean or change the filter. The filter is actually part of the furnace. Most people do not realize that most central heating and air conditioning systems blow all the air through the furnace. They often forget to even consider the filter when it comes to the functionality of their air conditioner. A clogged filter can significantly reduce the air flow.
Cleaning the Vents
Cleaning the vents throughout your home is another great way to increase the air flow of your air conditioner. In order to give your vents the most thorough cleaning, you should remove them from the wall first. Most vents are just attached with two screws, so it is a very simple job if you have a power drill. If you have vinyl or fiberglass vents, you can easily clean them in your sink with dishwashing soap. However, if you have wooden or aluminum vents, you want to avoid getting them too wet. Try just dusting them off with a damp rag.
If you do all three of these things and your AC is still not working right, you should go ahead and call in pros like Enright and Sons.