It’s that time of year where air conditioning and staying out of the heat become a priority for many states. Although the Charlotte area may not be the hottest place in the United States, we still experience the summer heat, and having a well-functioning air conditioner is vital and can be risky to the health and wellbeing of those without it.
The time is now to start inspecting air conditioner systems in your community to make sure they are functioning properly when the hot season hits. A proper management company can handle the steps involved to make sure all air conditions are prepared for the impending heat. The following areas should be examined when ensuring air conditioning systems are performing as they should.
Most HVAC air conditioner systems include oil ports in areas like close to the fan motor. These ports must be oiled regularly to prevent the moving equipment in the system from wearing out due to overheating. Not only can this be dangerous, it’s a costly expense to replace. Check the owner’s manual for more details on oiling the ports. The job should be handled fairly easily by the maintenance workers for your community.
If a resident finds him or herself having to set the thermostat to a lower temperature than the actual temperature desired, that’s a sign of leaks in the air ducts. This is bad because a leak will reduce the air pressure moving through the duct system and from the system registers. An easy repair to make, leaky ducts can be identified by using smoke pencils.
A Freon air conditioner that no longer has Freon, which is the refrigerant, will fail to cool at all, so checking that the levels of Freon are sufficient is crucial in providing proper air. Thankfully, refilling the Freon levels is not too costly compared with the expense of replacing a full air conditioning system. Many communities will replace the entire unit thinking it is broken, when the real problem is just the need for more Freon. This task can also be handled for you by a property management company.
Air Distribution Fans
These fans are important because they send air through the ducts and out of the air registers. If fans are squealing, their belts may be loose. And if air is not coming through as forcefully as it should be, the fans could be covered in dust. You’ll want to make sure these are clean and working properly, as they often require more electricity than other HVAC elements and can be costing you way more than is necessary if maintained correctly.
Are You Prepared?
Start focusing on these inspections for the coming summer season to ensure your community has access to cool air all summer long. Property management companies like Cedar Management Group can handle the aspects of checking these factors for you. Contact us today for more information.