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Air Conditioner Maintenance Demystified

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air-conditioning-maintenanceWhen you get an air conditioner tune-up, we don’t only want you to know what we do to maintain your air conditioner, but also know why we do it.

Here’s a list of 9 things we do when we service your air conditioner and why we do them.

1. Clean the outdoor condenser coils

The condenser coils are the refrigerant lines and surrounding fins that line the cabinet of your outdoor air conditioner unit.

Dirty condenser coils raise refrigerant pressure higher than needed, increasing your electric bill.

2. Test the compressor performance

The compressor is your air conditioner’s heart and soul. It’s the pump that moves refrigerant through your air conditioner’s inside and outside units, which allows it to cool your home.

That’s why you need to make sure it’s working at peak performance

3. Inspect and flush the condensate drain line

Your condensate drain line lets excess moisture escape into a drain pan. Algae and dust can block the line, causing water damage to your home and your air conditioning system.

4. Check outdoor fans

Your outdoor air conditioner unit’s fan pulls air in through the coil fins. To make sure it’s working properly, we check for the fan’s motor and look for broken, cracked, bent or loose blades.

5. Check System Voltage and Amperage

Improper voltage and amperage levels can reduce the life of the your air conditioner’s compressor and condenser motor.

6. Check and tighten all electrical connections

The electrical components of your air conditioner need to be checked to ensure everything is properly connected and in working condition.

7. Inspect and replace air filters

Dirty air filters can restrict airflow, causing your air conditioner to waste energy, run harder and longer and reduce your air conditioner’s lifespan.

While you can (and should) do this on your own, we’re glad to check it for you while we’re there.

8. Test system for proper airflow

We check to see if your air conditioner is sending air properly around your home, ensuring that your ducts are in proper condition. Improper airflow is one of the main causes of high energy bills and uncomfortable areas (rooms that are either really hot or really cold.)

9.  Check the refrigerant level

We need to check your air conditioner’s refrigerant (usually Freon) level because an improper amount makes the compressor work harder than it needs to, increasing how much it costs to run the system and reducing its total running life. 

What’s the best time to schedule an A/C tune-up?

Early spring before the cooling season is best for three reasons:

  • Ensures that your system runs at peak efficiency all summer, saving you more money on utilities.
  • Reduces the chance of your air conditioner breaking down during the extremely hot months.
  • Increases the chance of getting a contractor to come out quickly, unlike in the summer where most air conditioning companies will be very busy.

Haven’t had your yearly air conditioner maintenance done yet? Contact us online to schedule your seasonal clean and check.