Is a Seasonal Air Conditioner Tune-Up Really Necessary?
This Summer outlook, “It’s going to be a Scorcher.”
Spring is here, and we’ve already hit the 90+ degree mark. Yep, it’s going to be a hot one. Soon our Air conditioners all across the area will be working hard to keep our families comfortable.
Is your air conditioner ready for the challenge of a long hot summer? If not, it is time to schedule your preseason air conditioner tune-up. HVAC experts and the U.S. Department of energy and manufacturers all recommend a yearly comprehensive inspection and tune-up for multiple reasons.
- A preventative tune-up will increase the efficiency of your system, keeping you more relaxed and lowering your energy consumption, saving you money and reducing your carbon footprint.
- A tune-up helps prevent common and expensive air conditioning problems in the hottest time of the year when your system is working its most challenging, to keep your family comfortable. The season’s peak is extremely busy and can mean delays in repairs, and preventive maintenance helps to ensure your comfort all season long.
- Keeping up with Annual preventive maintenance is a primary factor in extending the life of your air conditioning system and preventing the premature failure of essential components.
Always choose a reputable HVAC company with Knowledgeable, skilled technicians for the best service and guaranteed work. Reputable companies require their technicians to take continuing education courses to date on the latest technologies and changing standards.
Is a Seasonal Air Conditioner Tune-Up Really Necessary?
Many maintenance things are necessary to make out lives comfortable. Like buying groceries, Maintainance like oil change, replacing worn tires on your car, or service trucks and vans. Our air conditioning is not an item we can see, so it’s easy to overlook, with no reminder or a service agreement.
Is an AC Maintenance Absolutely Necessary?
No, it’s not necessary. It might come as a shock from an AC contractor. Honestly, your system will not just shut down or go up in flames! The lifespan of your manufacturer manual says to have regular maintenance done on your AC System. The build-up comes over time, and the damage is from. We will not guarantee your system will not break down if you don’t have a maintenance agreement. Getting the attention of your AC technician to look at your system at regular appointments will help preserve and keep your air conditioner running. The goal is to get the full life expectancy out of your manufacturer warranty, and a maintenance plan will help you achieve your goal.
What exactly does a preventative tune-up involve?
There are several essential steps in a preventative tune-up that will improve the efficiency and extend the life of your Air Conditioning system, including these essentials.
- All moving parts are lubricated; this includes the motor and fan to prevent friction and reduce wear.
- The electrical connections tightened.
- All essential components are inspected for damage and cleaned.
Ductwork inspected for air leaks which can make your system less effective and raise your energy bills. They will also check for obstructions that can reduce airflow, which can cause the system to overheat.
- The technician will test the electrical control of your system for proper cycling to maintain your home’s comfort level. Improper cycling places a heavier burden on your cooling system, which can cause excessive wear and expensive AC repairs.
The New refrigerant level is measured, and system leak checks on the AC system. Leaking refrigerant is terrible for the environment and will not allow your system to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. If any AC leaks are detected, they are repaired and tested.
- All terminals and wires can have corrosion and rust. After inspection, corrosive cables are replaced with a non-conductive coating to prevent corrosion and rust from occurring.
- The coils inspected for grime and scale can prevent the exchange of heat and reduce the efficiency of your cooling system.
- The technician will measure the airflow of your air conditioner to ensure optimal cooling of your home.
- Flush the condensation drain to prevent clogs during the hot, humid summer season.
Home Owners can take these Steps to Save on their Energy Bills.
- Monthly maintenance service plans. When you can no longer see the filter material due to dust, replace your filter. A dirty filter allows dust to build up inside your system, restricting airflow and reducing the air quality of your home. A clean filter is essential for the efficiency of your air conditioner and your comfort.
- Monthly cleaning of the outdoor condensing unit of your system with a garden hose will help remove dirt and debris trapped in the fins, which can interfere with the exchange of heat and reduce airflow. Keeping all vegetation at least 18 inches away from the outdoor components of your system will ensure good airflow to the system.
- You are keeping the area around your indoor unit clean to prevent dust from infiltrating the system. Check the condensate pan and keep it free of debris, which can cause clogs and backups that will shut off your air conditioning system.
- Check all doors and windows for leaks, replace any damaged caulk around the windows and doors, replace any damaged seals to keep your cooled air inside and heat from seeping into the house, making your air conditioner work harder.
- Using ceiling fans in occupied rooms will help you save on your energy bill by allowing you to feel comfortable while setting your air conditioner at a higher temperature. But make sure to turn fans off when leaving the room—fans cool people, not the actual space.
- Pulling the shades down during the heat of the day will help block the heat from entering your home and making your air conditioner work overtime.
- Several appliances such as your clothes dryer, oven, and even vacuum cleaners generate quite a bit of heat. Using them in the early morning or evening hours keep them from heating your home and raising your energy bill,
For more professional advice to stay cool this summer at the lowest cost or schedule your annual air conditioning tune-up with one of our highly trained technicians, please feel free to contact us for a free quote at Atlantis Air Conditioning Corp.
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