Home Inspection Tips: Air Conditioning Maintenance
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Elite Home Inspections
September 30, 2016
One of the most important features of your home is the air conditioning unit. Without the gentle, cool breeze produced by air conditioning, sweltering days would be unbearable. Your AC takes care of you all year long, so why not make sure it’s in good shape as well? Today we have some CA home inspection tips for taking care of your AC condenser.
Below are some maintenance tips for your AC condenser unit from the CA home inspection experts of The Elite Group Property Inspections.
An AC condenser that hasn’t been properly cleaned or taken care of in the past may be wreaking havoc on your monthly utility bills – especially if you have your air conditioning running for the majority of the day. At least once a year, it’s a good idea to clean your home’s AC condenser to ensure it’s running at its ideal efficiency. Cleaning the unit should only take about an hour, but could save you a bundle on energy bills throughout the year.
Quick Safety Tip: Before attempting any cleaning or inspection of your AC condenser, be certain that the power has been shut off for both the outdoor unit (condenser) and indoor unit (evaporator).
To ensure proper airflow to your AC condenser, make sure that any foliage or mulch directly around the unit is trimmed or pushed back at least two feet. You’ll also want to make sure that the fins on the coil have been straightened and cleared of debris. Bent or clogged fins can cause the unit to work harder and consume more energy. After clearing the perimeter and straightening the fins, use your garden hose to clear away any excess debris (with the power still off, of course).
Consult the Professionals
If it seems like your AC condenser requires more than a quick cleaning, contact a professional to inspect the unit. You may want to save time and money by attempting a repair on your own, but a certified expert will be able to determine the problem in a fraction of the time it would take you to try and fix it. If you make a mistake, you may also end up paying even more in expensive repairs. Save yourself some money in the long run and a big headache down the line by letting an expert perform inspections or repairs out of your skillset.
Want to know what you’re getting into before signing on the dotted line to buy or sell a home? You can count on the CA home inspection specialists of The Elite Group Property Inspections. Our professional inspectors will be able to thoroughly evaluate the property and provide you with a detailed report on everything from indoor mold removal to sprinkler and irrigation inspections. Give us a call today at (800) 494-8998, and we’ll be more than happy to get to work for you.