With warmer weather approaching, it’s time to bring your air conditioner back into service. After months of sitting dormant, you’ll want to make sure it’s ready to run efficiently and effectively. Calling your HVAC contractor for a routine springtime maintenance tuneup will ease your mind and keep your home cool and comfortable this spring and summer. Before turning on your air conditioner, here’s a brief list of maintenance tasks a qualified technician will perform during your maintenance tune up:
Disassemble the Unit and Clean Out Debris
During scheduled maintenance, your technician will check your air conditioner’s outdoor cabinet for any debris such as dirt, grass, insects, or any foreign materials.
Change the Air Filters
Your technician will also replace your air conditioner’s dirty air filter with a clean filter. Be sure if you are using the 30 day filters that you change them between your tune up visits. For the best results, use a pleated filter with a MERV rating of 7 or above. Your technician can answer any questions you may have regarding what type filter would be most efficient for your home.
Monitor Operating Pressures
Operating pressures are monitored because improper refrigerant charge could damage the compressor, lower the efficiency of the system and cause higher electric bills.
Other Steps In A Tune Up
Cleaning evaporator and condenser coils, tighten all electrical connections, measure amp draws on compressor, motors, and heat strips, pull and clean blower wheel, clean and inspect flow of condensate drain, inspect and test defrost cycle, test capacitors, reassemble unit, replace any missing or rusted screws carefully, wash unit and apply protective coating, monitor and record Delta T, inspect duct system, monitor air flow, inspect thermostat and reset to customer desired settings.
Test Your A/C System
Your system is almost ready for cooling your home, now it needs to be tested to ensure it works properly. You might notice your technician will switch the thermostat to “cool” mode and observe how the air conditioner runs for 5-10 minutes.
To schedule your seasonal tune-up, call Jackson & Sons. Our technicians can handle any problem with your Eastern North Carolina home’s heating and cooling system.
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