Inspection Checklist For Air Conditioning Owners 

Aug 5, 2020 6:55 AM ET

Air conditioners don’t require the same yearly inspection as your vehicles do. However, they’re just as equally important and the future performance of your unit is dependent on it. When owners fail to do so, their system can fail and even malfunction. Read on as we dive into your air conditioning inspection checklist. 

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Since these units have both indoor and outdoor pieces, it’s best to work on one at a time. Before inspecting or cleaning the outdoor section, you’ll need to take note of the following:

* The power should be turned off before you begin your hvac inspection routine.

* If you previously covered the unit with shields or covers, you’ll need to remove them.

* Any overgrown grass or growth around your unit should be trimmed to leave enough room for fresh air to circulate around your unit. 

* If your unit hasn’t been in use for quite some time, you’ll need to remove the debris from the vent.

* The condenser should be cleaned by professionals only. They’re trained to handle any emergency situation that can arise. 

* The pipes could possibly have damaged insulation and should be replaced if need be. However, it should be noted that insulation should not be added to the smaller line. If ever insulation should become damaged or go missing, there’s a good chance that the unit will not cool in the way that it’s supposed to. 

* It’s also a great idea to inspect the concrete pad and see that it’s still leveled. In some instances, the ground can easily freeze over shifting the unit after some time. 

Now that you’ve inspected the outdoor part of your air conditioning system, it’s a good idea to do the same to the indoor sections. The following will help you do so:

* The filter will need to be cleaned ever so often. All you need to do is pop them out and clean them up. If you’re having difficulty, it might be a good idea to contact your local air conditioning company to come in and do this for you.  

* After some time, the condensate lines tend to become blocked. Be sure to inspect for blockages. 

* The condensate reservoir should be inspected and cleaned to prevent your floors from flooding. 

* The dehumidifier filter should also be vacuumed and dried to ensure that the levels stay between 30 or 50%. 

Now that you’ve done a complete inspection of your air conditioning system, you’re ready to turn it on if you haven’t in a while. However, if you detect the following issues during your check, you should call in the professionals:

* Ice built up on the coils. 

* Your unit is making loud or unusual noises.

* The airflow from your unit is poor or there are hot and cold zones in your room. 

* The unit never stops running.

* Your electric bills are becoming very high.

As we conclude, we have just looked at your air conditioning inspection checklist. When air conditioners are properly maintained, they can work very well without issues for a long time and they even cut some of the cost on your electric bill. So, don’t forget to perform a regular inspection on your air conditioning unit!


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