Whether you own a small duplex or an apartment building with dozens of units, your a/c system is among the most crucial pieces of equipment in your building. Gradually, it will require maintenance and repairs like any other piece of machinery. However if you would like to keep your renters happy and your rental earnings coming in, making certain that your air conditioning unit is in good working order is a must for any landlord.
Tips for Keeping up with Routine A/C System Maintenance
1. Set up a professional inspection
2. Change your filters
This might seem like a no-brainer, however many people do not change their filters regularly enough or at all. This causes the most common problem that occurs with air conditioning system, unclean filters.
A filthy filter can cause air flow problems and leave dust and debris inside the unit itself, which can result in early wear on the compressor motor or electrical elements. If you have a self-contained unit where you can’t see within, use a flashlight to check for dust buildup every 6 months or so.
3. Clear the drains
4. Clean your compressor coils
Clean the compressor coils once a year. This prevents dust from building up on them and damaging them long term. When you have a professional HVAC company, such as Air Now Heating and Air Conditioning come out and clean your system, they will do this for you. However, if you wish to do it yourself, here are some tips:
Do not use water to clean up the coils! Using water can cause damage to them and cause them to rust with time. Instead use compressed air or contact cleaner. You can purchase these at any hardware store or online. You can also use a shop vac with an accessory that has brushes on it (this is what experts use). It might take a while but it’s worth it! The last thing you want is for your renter to call because their air conditioner isn’t working one day in July!
3 Areas that Need to be Examined Regularly
The 3 main locations that need to be checked on a regular basis are:
- electrical connections
- the compressor
- condenser unit
How frequently should you have your A/C System Serviced?
Routine Heating A/C System Maintenance in Layton, Utah
Your a/c system is a significant financial investment, no matter what size your property is. Take care of it, and it’ll look after you (and your tenants)!
Set up routine maintenance visits from Air Now Heating and Air Conditioning every few years for basic maintenance. This includes cleaning other parts of the unit (like coils), filters, and so on, inspecting refrigerant levels, testing pressure gauges & more.