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How to Maintain Your Central AC

July 17, 2020

How to Maintain Your Central AC


When it comes to health, they say that prevention is better than a cure. The same is true of your central air conditioning system. Routine maintenance of your central AC is the best way to ensure that it is in good working order once the days start getting hot and you want to cool down your home. Here are some tips to keep your air conditioner in good working order.

Give the Unit Room to Breathe
Make sure that your air conditioner’s outdoor condenser unit isn’t being crowded by landscaping, weeds or structures. A-Plus Quality experts, providing HVAC services in the Greater Toronto Area, recommend clearing a perimeter of at least three feet around the condenser unit to allow for adequate airflow. When airflow to the condenser is obstructed, your air conditioner has to work harder, which can cause undue wear and tear and even premature failure of the system.

Clean the Condenser Unit
Even when you have an ample, unobstructed perimeter around your condenser unit, it can still become coated with leaves, pollen and other things. This debris can obstruct the airflow and cause the system to work harder. To clean your condenser unit, just take a garden hose and spray the front and sides until they are free of debris.

Change the Filters
Routinely changing the filters at the intake vents inside your house is critical to ensure that your central AC is working at peak efficiency. In the same way that obstructions to the outside condenser unit can stress your system and lead to major problems, so can clogged, dirty filters. It is often recommended that you change your filters at least every 90 days, or more often during times of heavy air conditioner use.

When to Seek HVAC Services in the Greater Toronto Area
There are plenty of routine steps you can take to maintain your central AC. But there will come a time when you’ll need to call in a professional from A-Plus Quality for HVAC services in the Greater Toronto Area. Some of these crucial services include making sure there is adequate refrigerant; checking for duct leakage, inspecting belts and oiling motors, among others. Many homeowners opt for an annual, pre-summer checkup with a technician, however you can also have a checkup mid-summer. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a certified technician! 

 

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FAQ

  • Why should I maintain my Furnace or AC?

    An annual maintenance will extend the lifetime of your heating and cooling unit. The technician will diagnose and repair any problem with the unit before it fails, so you won't need to worry about any problems when the weather gets very hot in the summer or extremely cold in the winter.

  • What is a heat pump?

    Heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house and during the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors. Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling appliances.

  • What are mini-split advantages?

    Just as the name implies, a “mini-split” system is a “split system” however available in smaller capacities, for single room to whole house conditioning. Mini-split systems may range from as small as 9,000 BTUh per hour, comparable to say, a small window AC unit, for individual room use, up to 4 and 5 ton capacities for “Room By Room” (also known as “Zoning”) and whole house conditioning. With near universal design, mini-splits are “heat pumps” which provide both heating and cooling for a home. Here are key advantages when compared to traditional split systems:

    Efficiency- Mini-splits are highly engineered systems which offer attractive operating efficiencies, in many instances, eligible for utility company rebates.
    Heat Pump- Most mini-split systems are heat pumps, providing year-round comfort.
    Solar friendly- Due to very low power requirements, mini-splits are an ideal complement to “Net Zero Energy” homes, or any home using renewable power.
    Carbon footprint- Mini-splits are 100% electric, with zero operating emissions of any type.
    Zoning- Most mini-split manufacturers offer systems capable of room-by-room “zoning”, to account for peak demands of a room based upon construction type, exposure orientation and usage.
    Variable capacity- Mini-splits are typically DC inverter driven. That is, a variable speed compressor which modulates in proportion to instantaneous demand. Most conventional split systems, by comparison, operate with an ON-OFF strategy. (Would you use an ON-OFF switch as the accelerator in your vehicle?)
    Location, Location, Location!- Mini-split outdoor units are compact; they can be located far away from noise-sensitive areas, such as bedrooms and home offices. Mini-split indoor units have the ability to be installed where conventional systems cannot.
    They’re perfect for additions and remodels where access to current HVAC system is difficult to access.
    Modern mini-split systems are remarkably quiet; in fact, many times their operation is unnoticed by the end user.

  • Water is Leaking on my Furnace

    Water falling on to the furnace can harm your heating unit by affecting the control boards and other components enclosed in the furnace. There can be many causes to the water overflow, but the most common cases in the summer is the ice build up inside the evaporator coil due to low refrigerant level. Water build up can also be due to the evaporator coil having a crack on the base, if this is the case contact us by booking an appointment or call us today to have a technician come have a look at your unit and repair this issue before it causes excessive damage.  

  • Most common Boiler Issues

    - Boiler fails to ignite
    - Low pressure
    - Strange Noises
    - Boiler is not responding to the thermostat
    - Cold Radiators
    - Boiler leaking or dripping
    - Boiler cycling very fast
    - Available Hot water but No Heat

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