AC Basics: Condenser and Evaporator

Air conditioning maintenance is a task that should get done on an annual basis. Keeping your air-conditioner maintained will not only save you money on your energy bill, but will also expand its lifespan, saving you money on a costly early replacement.

AC units have two key components that require specific inspection: the condenser (outside) and the evaporator (inside). Both of these are sealed, therefore, need a professional for proper maintenance. Keep your AC unit running at top efficiency by having your filters replaced and cleaned regularly. Clogged and dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce its effectiveness significantly. When airflow becomes obstructed, the air that bypasses the filter can carry dirt into the evaporator coil and impair its heat-absorbing capabilities. Replacing a dirty filter can reduce an AC unit’s energy consumption from 5% to 15%.

Central air conditioners should typically receive a professional inspection before the beginning of every cooling season. With summer on the way, it could save you from a costly visit on a hot day.

Our technicians will test for the proper amount of refrigerant, check for leaks using a leak detector (when advised), capture any refrigerant that must be evacuated, check any duct leakage at the air handler, verify the correct electric control sequence, inspect electrical terminals, oil motors, and verify the accuracy of the thermostat.

We don’t want you to minimize the need of having routine maintenance performed on your AC unit; it’s as necessary as changing the oil in your car. Sometimes it’s even required by AC manufacturers to keep warranties valid. Contact our professionals at A-Plus Energy Management, Air Conditioning & Home Solutions to take the time and care to make sure you’re AC is running smoothly.