A good household maintenance routine includes caring for your HVAC equipment in advance of seasonal use to ensure that your system operates at its optimum when it is needed. An AC tune-up in the spring should be scheduled prior to the point of needing cooling activity in your residence. There are numerous benefits to be realized with regular care of your equipment, making this a priority service each year.
Why Schedule Preventive Maintenance?
One of the main reasons to schedule an air conditioning inspection is to evaluate your equipment's condition. A typical air conditioner or heat pump can lose up to 5 percent of its efficiency over the course of a year due to dirt accumulation and other wear and tear. Minor adjustments can often counter this loss. As your system ages, more significant wear may be experienced, and your tune-up will allow for broken parts and other damage to be addressed. Some of the best benefits of spring AC maintenance include:
- Better airflow - dirt that collects on your evaporator coils and blower parts can lead to a restriction in the movement of air, creating low air pressure at your vents. In addition to seasonal maintenance, be sure to monitor your air filter throughout the cooling season.
- Cooler temperatures - dirt on your evaporator coils can create a significant barrier between the coils and the indoor air, impeding the energy exchange that is meant to move heat out of the area and promote cooling of your home. Coil cleaning counters this problem, allowing you to enjoy better levels of comfort.
- Enhanced indoor air quality - dirty parts can lead to ongoing contamination of your airstream, and the moist conditions in your air handler can also facilitate the growth of biomaterials like mold and bacteria, adding to the pollution in your air.
Higher efficiency levels can be achieved as you have your system optimized for summer. Coil cleaning can result in a 20 percent decrease in cooling energy usage in extreme cases. Refrigerant adjustments can have an equal impact if an undercharge of just 10 percent is detected and treated. AC maintenance is a money-saving measure that you shouldn't skip.
What's Included in an Air Conditioner Tune Up?
During your inspection, your technician will check the following points:
- Electrical connections
- Indoor and outdoor coils
- Blower parts
- Refrigerant levels
- Thermostat function
- Air pressure
- Drip pans and drain lines
As problems are noted, you will be informed of needed repairs. Moving parts are cleaned and lubricated as needed, and cleaning of both inside and outside units is completed to ensure optimum performance.
The Air Control team is available to inspect and fine-tune the AC equipment in your Havana, FL, home. Contact our friendly office staff for an appointment today.