Having your HVAC system cleaned and maintained is important. This should include the air conditioner unit, ductwork, and also the thermostat. If there is an issue with the system, make sure to contact us as soon as possible. By noticing an issue right away, you can help prevent further damage to it in the long run.
One way to notice if there is an issue with the air conditioner, is if the monthly bill is higher. The electricity usage will go up when it is not effectively cooling the home, giving you a higher cooling bill. Cleaning the outside air conditioner condenser unit can solve some of the issues. Leaves and other types of debris can clog it, hindering the airflow. This is especially true if the unit is left uncovered during the winter and fall months. You can rake the leaves away and pick up fallen limbs from around it in order to revive the airflow. When the unit is clean, it will cool efficiently and give your home comfort during the warmer months. This is also true with ductless air conditioning that uses an outdoor unit, and outdoor heat pumps to warm the home properly.
Unless you are using a ductless air conditioning system to cool your home, the ducts should be inspected for damage, such as leaks, tears, kinks, or disconnection in areas. When the air is drawn into the unit through an intake duct, it is returned through an air-supply duct as cooled air. As the air is inside, it becomes dehumidified, cooled, and filtered before returning to the room. When the ducts are kinked or damaged, the unit will work a lot harder. As you are investigating for these issues, check around the registers and vents for leaks, and seal them as you go. Be sure to use a metal tape or mastic sealant and not duct tape because it is not as long lasting as the others are. Make sure that all of the grills and registers are firmly sealed so that air is not escaping.