Summer is fast approaching and this is the perfect time for an air conditioning tune-up for your home. Service technicians are in high demand during summer and winter months, so scheduling a tune up now could save you from an expensive AC repair when temperatures can reach triple digits.
Keeping your air conditioning system running smoothly through the hottest months of the year will help keep your family comfortable and your energy costs as low as possible. According to the EPA’s Energy Star program, proper maintenance by a qualified technician is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent future problems.
You should plan on getting a tune up twice a year: get your heating system checked in the fall and your AC system checked in the spring.
Here are some things our technicians will do during an AC tune up:
- Tighten the electrical connections and measure voltage and current. A bad electrical connection is a safety concern, and can cause undue wear-and-tear on your system.
- Lubricate moving parts. Parts that aren’t lubricated properly can cause friction in motors and drive up your power bill.
- Inspect the condensate drain. A drain that’s plugged can cause water damage in your home.
- Measure the airflow over the indoor coil. A technician who corrects airflow rates can improve efficiency of your system by as much as 10%.
- Clean and inspect the condenser air conditioning coils. Cleaning the coils helps decrease energy costs and wear-and-tear on your air conditioning system. If the evaporator coil is accessible, we inspect it.
We can also recharge the refrigerant in your air conditioning system. Doing so can improve your system’s efficiency by 20% according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
You should rely on an air conditioning contractor to do most of the maintenance on your AC system. But there is something you can do yourself to help keep your air conditioning system running at peak performance. Change your air filter. Dirty air filters restrict airflow in your home and make your HVAC system work harder, using more electricity. In addition, particles of dirt, pet hair, and dust can become trapped and cause an expensive repair.
Depending on where you live, you should change the filter anywhere from four times a year to once a month. Air filters may be located in the duct system instead of within the heating and cooling equipment. If you’re not sure where your air filter is, or how to change it, call us and ask. Changing your air filter will help your AC system run more efficiently and it will help improve the air quality in your home.