Using the power of the sun to run your air conditioning is one of the best ways to provide your home with cool air while saving money. Because the energy of the sun is free, solar air conditioning costs less to run than any other type of AC. Solar panels are also durable, and because they contain no moving parts they will last for many decades provided they receive installation from professionals.
For a solar-powered air conditioner to work its best, it must have annual maintenance like any cooling system. Essentially, a solar air conditioner is the same as other central ACs: the difference is the power source, which in this case is either from solar panels or from a hybrid of a back-up electrical source and solar panels. A technician will need to check over the system once a year to make sure that it has no imminent repair needs and is working in top condition.
Why you need maintenance for your solar air conditioner
One of the many advantages of using solar power for your home is that the PV cells on the roof do not require much in the way of maintenance. They should be washed off once a year, but rainfall will take care of this. When it comes to solar air conditioning, most of the maintenance centers on the AC cabinet and not the solar panels, since the moving parts are located in the cabinet. Regular maintenance will locate any place in the AC that needs repair work. Technicians will help you schedule the necessary repairs, although in many cases the problem can be solved on the spot with a few simple adjustments or replacements.
During maintenance, a technician will test the power draw in the air conditioner to see how much energy it is receiving from the solar panels. This will determine how efficiently the system is running, and point toward possible loose connections or damaged cells. You will have a good idea of how well your solar air conditioner is harvesting the sun’s power after the maintenance session is finished.
Because energy-efficiency is one of the reasons for investing in solar power in the first place, a maintenance session is key to making sure that you are receiving the full benefits, and that the system is operating at peak level. With maintenance done every year, your system should continue to function for many years, saving you money every day using the renewable and free power available from the sun.
Sign up for solar air conditioning maintenance in Atlanta, GA with membership in the Comfort Club at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. Membership provides you with two preventive maintenance tune-ups a year (the second is for your heating system) plus a 15% discount on parts and labor.
Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. installs, repairs, and provides maintenance for solar air conditioning in Atlanta, GA. Contact us today to enroll your solar AC in our maintenance program.