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New goodman ac unit installed last year. do i need to do anything this year other thsn turn it on. it was running fine att end of season

Post created: 2013-05-11 Type of Equipment: Air Conditioner Views: 156

On 2013-05-12 JB wrote:

The short answer is that you do need to perform some routine maintenance to be sure the system is at its optimal state (peak efficiency) and that an issue hasn't arisen over the winter. This may be especially true of a new system because this is when a problem is most likely to crop up.

The first thing to do, and this is probably something you can do yourself is check the air filters for the ducts to be sure they are clean. This will improve cooling and efficiency if they are dirty, which can happen over winter after operating the heating system.

You will also want to bring in a certified HVAC to do routine maintenance on the system. Some will offer a more thorough service than others so you may want to shop around a little bit.

I found the following on the Energy Star website, which represents the basics:

A typical maintenance check-up should include the following.

-- Check thermostat settings to ensure the cooling and heating system keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are away.

-- Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors. Faulty electrical connections can cause unsafe operation of your system and reduce the life of major components.

-- Lubricate all moving parts. Parts that lack lubrication cause friction in motors and increases the amount of electricity you use.

-- Check and inspect the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode). A plugged drain can cause water damage in the house and affect indoor humidity levels.

-- Check controls of the system to ensure proper and safe operation. Check the starting cycle of the equipment to assure the system starts, operates, and shuts off properly.

Cooling Specific

-- Clean evaporator and condenser air conditioning coils. Dirty coils reduce the system's ability to cool your home and cause the system to run longer, increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment.

-- Check your central air conditioner's refrigerant level and adjust if necessary. Too much or too little refrigerant will make your system less efficient increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment.

-- Clean and adjust blower components to provide proper system airflow for greater comfort levels. Airflow problems can reduce your system's efficiency by up to 15 percent.

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On 2013-05-12 wrote:

Thanks appreciate the info

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