Staying Up On Furnace Maintenance

Avoid A Sweltering Summer Emergency With A Professional Air Conditioning Tune-Up

It's easy to assume that as long as your air conditioning unit is running and keeping your house fairly cool, everything is fine. However, just like your furnace, your AC unit needs regular maintenance to perform at its full capacity. Getting this maintenance once a year at the beginning of the warm season is best.

Even in the best cases, neglecting regular maintenance on your air conditioner will result in a unit that doesn't perform as well as it should, driving up your electric bill with its inefficiency. But it's the worst case scenario you really want to avoid: a complete malfunction that leaves you without any way to cool your home in the middle of a heat wave.

Checking the Filters

One of the most basic but most important things your HVAC technician will do when you schedule a maintenance visit is check your filters. Your air conditioner can make or break your home's air quality, and your AC filter will give the tech a good idea of whether or not there could be anything making your home's air unhealthy. Your technician can replace the filter if necessary and recommend any other changes you should make to keep your air clean.

Calibrating Your Thermostat

Calibrating your thermostat is another important part of a regular tune-up. This process checks that your thermostat is reading your home's temperature correctly. It also ensures that you have control over the temperature inside your home by making sure your air conditioner will only turn on when needed in order to keep the temperature consistent where you set it.

Cleaning Condenser and Indoor Evaporator Coils

Dirt and dust build up on your condenser and evaporator coils over time. This acts as an insulator and makes it harder for your air conditioner to do its job by blocking the transfer of energy. When your coils are dirty your unit has to work much harder to cool the air effectively, which leads to higher energy bills and a higher risk of malfunction.

Inspecting Fan Motors and Blades

Even if the rest of your air conditioning unit is functioning properly, you won't be getting cool air inside your home if your fan stops working. The fan motors and blades get dirty over time and sometimes may need to be replaced completely, so it's important to have them checked during every tuneup.

HVAC technicians will do several other things during your tuneup as well, including testing your unit's coolant levels, tightening any loose electrical connections, and flushing the condensate drain. Call your local heating and air conditioning contractor for a quote on an air conditioner inspection and tune-up. It could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs and help you avoid a very uncomfortable time in the heat while you wait for service. Get in touch with a company near you that offers air conditioning services to learn more.