Maintaining The Central Air Conditioner In Your Home

Posted by Daniel Lawrence on December, 2015

Like any piece of mechanical equipment, there will be times when you will have to call for professional air conditioning repair in Chicago. However, most homeowners with a modicum of skill, a little common sense and a few tools can deal with routine matters which can increase the time between visits from a professional.

Most homes constructed in the last twenty years have central air condition installed when the home is being built. The air conditioner and the heating system work in cooperation with one another, sharing numerous common parts; it makes a lot of sense that air conditioning and heating service be accomplished at the same time.

There are two key components of a central air conditioner; the condenser and the evaporator. The condenser sits outside the home; the evaporator is located in the plenum of the furnace. These two major components are linked together by pipes which carry the refrigerant from one location to the other. It does not matter if the home is being heated or cooled; the conditioned air is moved through a common system of ducts and both use the same blower motors. When the air conditioning is on, warm air from within the confines of the house is pulled from the space through return vents. The warm air passes over the evaporator coil, where it is cooled and sent back into the house via the ducting system. When you need to call for air conditioning repair in Chicago, the problem often lies with components in this part of the system.

The homeowner can quite easily deal with cleaning or changing the filters, other than that, a professional heating and air conditioning technician should be called. The condenser and the evaporator are sealed units; they should not be opened or worked on by anyone other than a pro. It is also a good idea to call on a pro early in the season to inspect the system and if necessary, make any adjustments that will ensure trouble free operation.

As the condenser is located outdoors it is prone to becoming clogged with debris, grass clippings, weeds and the likes. It is important that the area around the condenser is kept clean; the coil should also be cleaned as needed. It is often necessary to remove the protective body that surrounds the coil to lean it. There are commercially available cleaners, it is not recommended that the coil be subjected to high pressure streams of water, all this will do is turn the dust into mud, making the job all that mush harder.

When it becomes necessary to have air conditioning repair in Chicago carried out you are invited to contact Heatmasters. Heatmasters have earned their reputation for quality service, customer care and fair pricing over the last 65 years of serving homeowners in Chicago and environs.

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