Spring is almost here and the warm weather is upon us. We’re looking forward to warmer temperatures and sunny days. We’re also looking forward to completing projects around the house that might have been put off over the winter. Now is the time to start thinking about your air conditioning before the heat of summer is here. Spring is the perfect time for an A/C tune-up to prepare your system for the coming months and to prevent it from breaking down when you need it most. Here are some reasons it’s important to schedule your A/C tune-up this spring.
Heating and cooling make up 48% of a homeowner’s utility costs. According to Energy Star, yearly air conditioning tune-ups can improve your unit’s efficiency and help you reduce costs. In fact, build up from not cleaning your unit can reduce its efficiency by 5% each year.
Prevent Future Costly Problems
When a HVAC professional is completing an air conditioner tune-up, they inspect all the different parts of your unit, including your condenser coils, compressor, electrical connections, refrigerant, motors, and more. If they see a potential problem, they can fix it, or work with you to get it repaired. Having a trained eye looking for issues that could turn into costlier problems if left alone can save you a lot of money in the long run. Also, finding a problem now when the temperatures are more bearable is much better than finding out there is an issue later when the sun is blazing and you can’t turn on your AC! According to HomeAdvisor.com, homeowners spent on average $165 to $507 repairing their air conditioner units.Comparing that to the price of a service call fee, having a pre-season tune-up sounds like a smart choice.
Keep it Running Longer
An air conditioning unit’s lifespan depends completely on how it was installed and how well it is maintained. According to the United States Department of Energy, a well-maintained air conditioner should last 15-20 years, while a survey completed by the National Association of Home Builders said air conditioner units usually last about 10-15 years.
With regular maintenance, you can keep your air conditioner running longer. Changing the air filter can help your air conditioner be more efficient and run longer! Remember to change it at least every 3 months.
What Is an Air Conditioner Tune-Up?
When you schedule an air conditioning tune-up from HVAC Experts, a qualified HVAC technician will do the following:
Clean or Replace Filters
If your air conditioning unit has filters that are reusable, the technician will clean out dirt and dust that have accumulated from the winter months. If you use replaceable filters, the tech will switch these for you, if you supply the correct filter for your unit. Cleaning or replacing your HVAC filters should be done every 1-3 months to keep your HVAC unit running efficiently so it doesn’t have to work harder than it should. A filter will specifically keep the condenser coils of your air conditioner clean.
Clean Condenser Coils
Even though changing the filter can prevent build-up on your condenser coils, they still accumulate dirt. A technician will professionally clean these coils during a furnace tune-up. Dirty coils can stop the condenser from absorbing heat and cause the coil to fail prematurely. You can also help minimize build-up by removing dirt, bushes, and other foliage near your condenser unit.
Clean & Tighten Electrical Connections
When you have an air conditioning tune-up completed, the technician will open up your condenser unit and look inside of the electrical compartment. They’ll make sure the connections are cleaned from any debris that could cause the air conditioning unit to stop working.
Check Refrigerant Levels
The technician will also check to make sure the Freon in your air conditioning unit is up to manufacturer’s specifications.
Check Contacts & Condensation Lines
Plugged condensation lines can cause water damage in your home. An HVAC Experts technician will check to ensure this isn’t happening.
Check & Calibrate Thermostat
A technician will change your thermostat’s batteries if it has been longer than a year. The tech will also test to ensure the AC is cooling efficiently and calibrate the unit with the thermostat.
Perform Amp Draw on Condenser Motor, Evaporator Motor, and Compressor
A technician will perform an amp draw to determine how much energy the condenser motor, evaporative motor, and compressor are pulling from the electrical grid. If they are not within manufacturer specifications, the technician can work with you to determine what’s causing the problem and get it fixed. Otherwise, faulty connections make your unit unsafe and fail early.
How to Schedule Your Pre-Season Air Conditioner Tune-Up
Scheduling your spring tune-up for your air conditioner is so easy! All you have to do is give us a call here at HVAC Experts and we’ll get you taken care of! You can also schedule a spring tune-up appointment through our Facebook page and our website. We want to make sure you and your family have proper air conditioning all season long so don’t hesitate to call for help!