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Everything You Need To Know About AC Tune-Ups & Maintenance

AC Tune-Ups & Maintenance
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If you can’t remember the last time you had your air conditioning unit serviced, then you may want to call a professional HVAC technician. Summer is coming soon enough, and nobody wants to spend their summer without a working AC system.

It’s understandable, your AC is generally pretty consistent—which is why most homeowners don’t really pay attention to it until it breaks down. The problem with not paying attention, however, is that you end up paying more for costly repairs and replacements parts or you end up needing a brand-new AC unit. All of these things can be prevented with regular AC maintenance.

Having your AC regularly maintained by an experienced technician for any minor replacements or repairs will boost its overall performance and extend your AC unit’s lifespan. Don’t wait until your AC breaks down and you need emergency repairs done. You’ll end up paying a lot more than if you just have regular air conditioning service and tune-ups performed.

What Should Be Included In The Tune-Up?

You know that the only person that should handle any form of AC tune-up is a licensed and professional HVAC technician. During your regular maintenance visit, your technician should make sure to check on the following:

Refrigerant Level Tests

Your technician should make sure to test the refrigerant levels of your AC unit. Without an adequate refrigerant level, your AC will stop working. This test also determines if you have a refrigerant leak that needs to be repaired.

Clean Condenser Coils

It’s natural for dirt and dust to build-up on your condenser coils. Your AC is constantly running and circulating clean, cool air that enters your home. The problem with dirt on the condenser coil is that it ends up acting like a form of insulation, stopping your condenser from working as effectively as it should. Not only can this put a strain on your AC system, as it now works harder to overcome the issue, but it also costs more money on utility bills.

Capacitor Checks

These are essential to ensure the running of your AC unit. They assure that your motor runs and your AC works. If your capacitor is broken or faulty and you still try to use your air conditioner, you may end up permanently damaging your AC’s motor which can be costly to repair and even more expensive to replace.

Condenser Checks

Just like with capacitors, if your condenser fan stops running, so does your AC. It’s important to have this checked with every AC tune-up.

Connections

Just like connections with other people are important, your electrical connections are important too. If there are any breaks between the connections your AC may break down completely. Your technician will need to tighten any loose connections.

Checking your Thermo-STAT

Your thermostat is so important when it comes to your household AC. You need to make sure your technician calibrates it with every maintenance visit, allowing you total control over how your AC system operates.

Filters

Your filters need to be changed at least once a month, but this depends on the type of filter you have installed as some brands do last longer.

A properly functioning filter ensures that your indoor air quality isn’t completely compromised. This helps remove excess dust and pollutants from the air allowing you and your family to breathe easily in the comfort of your home. One of the safest tasks that you can do to ensure that your AC unit is kept in good condition until the next scheduled maintenance and tune-up, is to regularly clean or replace your air filter.

Remember that a dirty filter not only impacts your indoor air quality, but it also reduces your overall energy-efficiency leading to higher utility bills.

Things You Can Do In The Meantime

Aside from cleaning or changing your filters regularly, you can also make sure that the outside component of your AC unit is clear of any debris. This means you should remove any bushes or branches that are too close to the unit. This will help make airflow into the unit a much smoother process and your AC unit won’t be working overtime to get as much cool air into your home.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your maintenance and tune-up needs, don’t hesitate to call the team at Art Plumbing, AC & Electric at 1-800-475-1504. Remember, if there’s a problem, Art can fix it!

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