ROUTINE AIR CONDITIONING MAINTENANCE
Now that you have your new state-of-the art Air Conditioning unit, here are a few tips to help your unit run stronger and more efficiently for longer, without having to pay a service technician (We find that our clients enjoy it when we can save them money).
Keep Filter Clean
A clogged or improperly installed air filter on your indoor air conditioning unit will increase operating costs and shorten the life of the unit. For detailed filter cleaning information refer to indoor unit literature.
Do Not Block Floor,Wall or Ceiling Vents
When drapes, furniture, toys or other common household items block vents, the restricted airflow lessens the Air Conditioning system’s efficiency and life span.
Do Not Cover or Block Outdoor Unit
The outdoor Air Conditioning unit needs unrestricted airflow. Do not cover it or place items on or next to it. Do not allow grass clippings, leaves, or other debris to accumulate on the sides or top of the unit.And, maintain a 12” (304.8 mm) minimum clearance between the outdoor unit and tall grass, vines, shrubs, etc.
Check Condensate Drain
Your air conditioning unit removes humidity from your home during the cooling season. After a few minutes of operation, water should trickle from the condensate drain of the indoor coil. Check this occasionally to be sure the drain system is not clogged. Drainage will be limited if you live in a very dry environment.
Do Not Operate Below 55°F/12.78°C
Your outdoor air conditioning unit is not designed to operate when outdoor temperatures are lower than 55_F/12.78_C without modification. If operation below this temperature is required, consult your Carrier dealer.
Your indoor coil is located in a sealed cabinet on your indoor air conditioning unit and will require minimal cleaning with routine filter maintenance. Longer operating cycles and reduced energy efficiency mandate the need for a coil cleaning by your Carrier dealer.
Base Pan Drainage
Periodically check for and remove debris that has settled around the base of your outdoor air conditioning unit. This will ensure proper drainage of the base pan and eliminate standing water inside the outdoor air conditioning unit.
Your Carrier dealer will install the outdoor air conditioning unit in a level position. If the support base settles or shifts and the unit is no longer level, be sure to re–level it promptly to assure proper drainage. If you notice water or ice collecting beneath the ac unit, arrange for it to be drained away from the air conditioning unit.
As always, remember the following safety precautions whenever your are maintaining your air conditioning unit:
Disconnect all electrical power to the indoor air handler or furnace before removing access panels to perform any maintenance. Disconnect power to both the indoor and outdoor air conditioning units.