Posted on: 9 May 2018
If you have large utility bills, you don't just have to grin and bear it. Also, you don't necessarily need to turn down the thermostat or use your HVAC system less often. It is very possible that your problems are just a result of poor longterm maintenance of your energy-consuming HVAC appliances, compressor, condenser, air handler, or evaporate. If each and everyone of these units is regularly serviced and maintained, you can be more confident that they are running at peak if efficiency. This article specifically focuses on what you can do to ensure that your compressor, is running at peak efficiency. This is important because the compressor uses more electricity than any other component when the air conditioning is running.
Where is the Compressor?
The compressor is a large cylindrical metal components which is located inside the air conditioner. The AC cabinet is located on the outside of the building, very close to the wall. In order to access and maintain your compressor, you need to remove the fan from the top of the cabinet.
The fan, which is mounted to the top of the cabinet, and points directly down, is responsible for cooling off the compressor, thereby maintaining its efficiency. So, you also want to make sure your fan is working correctly so you can be certain that your compressor isn't running at higher temperatures, using more electricity, and putting more stress on itself.
Cleaning the Compressor
Of course, before you do any of this work, you need to make sure that your system is completely shut off. There is an emergency power switch inside the utility box mounted on the wall next year air conditioner. You can usually remove the fan by just taking out a few of the screws within the mounting brackets. The fan and its motor might be heavy, so it might take two people to lift it out of the air conditioner.
The compressor is a sealed metal unit, so there isn't really much you can do to clean inside. But, you just want to clean the outside with wet rags or a vacuum. Also, make sure that the refrigerant and electricity lines leading in and out of it are clean. In fact, it is helpful to clean up the entire air conditioning cabinet while it is opened up.
With just a couple of wet rags and a hose vacuum, there is a good chance that you'll be able to significantly increase the efficiency of your air conditioner by improving the functionality and productivity of your compressor. Contact an AC service for more help.Share