AC Filters And Maintaining Your Unit

Regularly changing your air conditioner's filter goes a long way.

There are some essential things that you should do to extend lifespan of your air conditioning equipment and keep it working at peak efficiency all the time. One of the most important things that you can do is change your hard working San Antonio air conditioner or furnace filter every three to six months. It is a quick and affordable fix that will make all the difference with your system's performance.

The good news is you can do this maintenance yourself. I am talking about the filter. All good, modern air conditioning units come with an in-built filter. It depends on the sophistication of your respective air conditioner, what its filter can trap, most will filter small particles for example pollen and traffic pollution from the air it can be circulating in the room. It is important to take the quality of the device into effect and always select a quality San Antonio air conditioner unit to ensure you will be cool in the blazing hot summers.

Conventional fiberglass disposable filters (1" and 2"): These are common for most homes and small industrial air conditioning units and commercial ac systems. Since they are disposable and possess an adhesive coating that traps the dust, you shouldn't try to clean the filters . This may damage the filter's power to remove particles by damaging the adhesive coating and/or the underlying mesh work. They are both significantly less effective as other types of filters while they are lower in cost.

Electrostatic filters: Different in design and satisfaction, as there are so many varieties, it's very difficult to decide which is the most efficient. They are commonly advertised as allergy-free air conditioning filters. These filters can be found in the 1" and 2" sizes. Air that moves over the filter creates a static charge that collects any dust within the filter. Although, they may require more cleaning plus more blower power.

If your AC blows snowy for a short period of your time and then blows warm as well as a lower flow of air is experienced, the evaporator core could be icing up. Sometimes when the expansion valve just isn't working properly the evaporator gets too cold. This leads to the condensation about the evaporator icing up in restricting the airflow from the evaporator fins. The expansion valve was created to keep the evaporator cold but across the freezing point. One indication if this is occurring, would be that the air-conditioning may be turned off for a couple of minutes (the ice has time melt) and then when it is turned back into it will work again for a couple of minutes until it ices up again. Another cause of the evaporator icing up might be if there is moisture inside the system. If moisture may be the problem the A/C dryer may have to be changed after which the system might be evacuated and recharged by using a vacuum pump. The drying agent in the dryer combined with the evacuation process will remove moisture in the AC refrigerant.

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 8:11 am

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