Why You Should Schedule an Air Conditioner Tune-up Now
Spring is the perfect time to do some intensive cleaning and to get the lawn mower out of the shed, but it’s also the ideal time to schedule a pre-season tune-up for your HVAC unit. There are many benefits of preventive maintenance. With regular care, your heating and cooling equipment will work more efficiently and will keep your home more comfortable. This small investment can help your system last longer while preventing costly repairs when HVAC companies are at their busiest. At Conditioned Air, we’re here to make sure that your equipment is ready to go before the sultry summer weather arrives in Macon GA.
What is an AC Tune-up?
Just as a car requires regular visits to the garage to check the fluids and tune the moving parts, HVAC systems require periodic maintenance to perform optimally. Energy Star recommends that homeowners tune their heating and cooling equipment once each year. AC tune-ups should be completed in spring, and heating tune-ups can be completed in the fall. At Conditioned Air, our heating and cooling professionals check each part of your system to ensure that it’s working properly and is prepared to handle the hottest days of summer. Here’s what we do.
Check and Tighten Electrical Connections
Loose or damaged wires between your thermostat, outdoor unit and power source can compromise performance or cause your system to shut down when you need it most. We inspect and tighten all connections to ensure that your HVAC equipment is receiving the proper amount of electricity.
Lubricate Moving Parts
Applying a small amount of oil to the right parts reduces the friction that increases energy costs and decreases performance. Friction also causes components to wear out prematurely.
Clean Condenser and Evaporator Coils
Pollen, dirt, grass cuttings and other debris reduce the system’s ability to effectively cool your home. Clogged coils also make the system run longer, which inflates energy bills.
Clear the Condensation Drain
Cleaning system components is important to enhance efficiency and improve the overall function. A clogged or partially blocked condensate drain causes damaging moisture and humidity to build up in your home.
Adjust and Clean Blowers
Improper airflow increases energy costs and causes uncomfortable hot and cool spots in your home. According to Energy Star, correcting blower issues can improve efficiency by 15 percent.
Check and Re-charge Refrigerant
Low coolant levels make your heat pump or air conditioner work harder. Experts at Perdue University found that over- and undercharged systems are inefficient and are more likely to fail prematurely.
In addition to scheduling an annual pre-season tune-up, homeowners can protect their system by changing air filters regularly and opening all interior vents. To ensure that your system is ready to perform, call us today to schedule your pre-season tune-up. Be sure to check our specials page for coupons and money-saving offers.