When you move into a home that has a central air conditioning system, you will need to educate yourself on how it works and what routine care you need to provide it with. This way, you won't wind up with some serious issues that can leave you dealing with a broken unit and repair expenses. Here is what you should know about your central air unit:
Your central air has a basic layout
Your central air will have a large air filter with a vented cover over it. This is generally located in a hallway on the ceiling, but it can be in other areas as well. This is where the air to be cooled down is pulled from.
The air will make its way through the filter into ducts that lead to an outside compressor which may be on the ground, but can also be on the roof. Once the air goes into the compressor, it gets cooled by way of coolant and coils. Once it is cooled it goes back into the house through ducts and comes out of registers located in different rooms throughout the house.
The registers can be adjusted so the cool air is directed to different areas in the room by moving the small lever on the side of each one. However, even though you can even close the registers completely, you don't want to do this; it can cause an imbalance in the entire system.
Central air maintenance is simple
When it comes to you caring for the unit, there isn't much you have to do. However, it is extremely important that you remove and clean or replace the air filter when it gets dirty. Check it monthly because different factors, such as pets and smoking can cause it to need cleaning more often. You should also dust off the vent covering it, as well as all of the registers throughout your home. This ensures clean air will be blowing into each room.
It's smart to have a professional check the unit out at the start of each season to make sure everything is running smoothly and nothing has happened to it during the winter. You also want to make sure you are keeping the space around the outside compressor free of clutter, weeds, bushes, or anything else that can help cause it to overheat on you and cause problems with the system.
Contact a business like Allied Mechanical & Electrical, Inc. to learn more.