A yearly tune-up at the beginning of spring by a certified HVAC technician will ensure your air conditioner operates safely and efficiently all summer long.
Yearly air conditioning service extends the life of your air conditioner, lowers your cooling costs and helps prevent the need for expensive repairs. A comprehensive tune-up will include these essential points.
- Lubricate the moving parts of the system to reduce friction.
- Test the system controls to ensure your air conditioner starts, runs and shuts off properly.
- Measure and adjust the refrigerant and check for refrigerant leaks.
- Flush the condensate drain to prevent overflow, which can promote the growth of mold and mildew.
- Clean and tighten electrical connections for safety.
- Check the blower motor for wear and tighten or replace fan belts as needed.
- Check the compressor contacts.
- Clean the outdoor condenser coil to remove dirt and debris.
Air conditioning service shouldn’t stop there. There are several things you can do to keep your air conditioner operating optimally for the duration of the cooling season.
- Check your air filter every month and replace it when it’s dirty. A dirty air filter reduces the air flow to your system and reduces its efficiency. Keeping your air filter clean will not only extend the life of your system, but will also considerably improve your home’s indoor air quality.
- Keep your outdoor unit free of debris such as weeds and grass clippings from mowing.
- Hose down the outdoor coil every month to remove dirt buildup, which can make your system work inefficiently.
- Keep the area around your air conditioner clean and free of obstructions for easy access and to help prevent dust buildup on the interior of your system.
- Make sure your furniture isn’t blocking your supply and return registers, which can reduce the flow of air to your system.
- Don’t close off more than 20 percent of your supply registers in an attempt to save money on cooling costs. Doing so can impede the flow of air to the system and possibly result in overheating and other damage.
Neglecting your air conditioner can result in expensive repairs and higher energy costs. With a combination of professional and DIY air conditioning service, your air conditioner should last at least 15 years.
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